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Steven Spooner, piano | William S. Newman Artists Series

March 5, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

Steven Spooner

Steven Spooner, pianist and professor at the Peabody Institute (Johns Hopkins University)

At the very forefront of American pianists, critics and audiences have unanimously hailed the distinctive and compelling performances of pianist Steven Spooner. “A pianist in the tradition that many believe died with the likes of Horowitz, Arrau, Bolet, Cziffra, and Wild. His talent, to my ears, is easily the equal of most major pianists of today and far superior to a large number of those most exciting and dynamic pianists of their generation” (Fanfare). “Such a breadth and variety of difficult pieces made me wonder at first if this recording was a hoax. But, no, Steven Spooner is the real deal, a pianist of apparently limitless raw technique that’s almost note perfect.” (American Record Guide). Spooner has been engaged at many of the world’s most prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Great Hall of the Liszt Academy (Budapest), Salle Cortot (Paris), and Shanghai Concert Hall, among many others as soloist with orchestra and recitalist. During the past seasons he has daringly reinvented the solo recital by allowing audiences to vote on the spot for one of several programs and like golden-age pianists, his concerts often feature his own compositions and virtuoso transcriptions.



Années de Pèlerinage (Years of Pilgramage), Première Année (First Year): Suisse, S. 160 | Franz Liszt     Chapelle de Guillaume Tell     Au lac de Wallenstadt     Vallée d’ObermannAnnées de Pèlerinage, Deuxième Année (Second Year): Italie, S. 161 | Liszt     Sposalizio     Il penseroso     Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa     Sonetto 104 del PetrarcaAnnées de Pèlerinage, Troisième Année (Third Year): S. 163 | Liszt     Aux cyprès de la Villa d’Este: Thrénodie 1

View the full program pdf here.


Collage (from TL, clockwise): Professor Stephen Anderson plays the piano, a mixing board in black and white, 2021-2022 William S. Newman Artists Series in black text on a light blue background, Professor Nicholas DiEugenio and Mimi Solomon perform in Moeser AuditoriumTICKETS

$15 general admission, $10 students and UNC faculty/staff.

Tickets are available at the door, beginning at 3:30 pm.


This performance is part of the William S. Newman Artists series.


March 5, 2022
4:00 pm
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James and Susan Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall
145 E. Cameron Ave
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

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