Welcome to St. Paul’s Concert Series Performance Reviews! Relive the experience, or see what you missed!
William Feasley, Guitarist. February 2018
The room was hushed, the lights were dimmed, and the sound of classical guitar entered the air. William Feasley, our featured performer, presented a wonderful collection of Spanish and Brazilian classical guitar favorites, accompanied by paintings by Francisco Goya projected alongside on stage. Feasley’s musical interpretations were delivered with impeccable style and articulation, he is a true master at his craft. Feasley’s interaction with the audience was so pleasant and light-hearted, it truly wrapped the evening as a concert favorite in our Series.
Temirzhan Yerzhonov, Pianist. October 2018
Those of us lucky enough to attend S. F. Symphony concerts may get to experience one musical piece, lasting maybe 45 minutes, featuring a world class guest artist. On October 20, those of us lucky enough to be at the Temirzhan Yerzhonov concert at St. Paul’s were treated to almost two hours of exquisite world class piano music. In St Paul’s intimate setting, most of the audience could also enjoy watching the pianist’s full engagement with the instrument, as well.
The program opened with Schumann’s Papillons, intense cords interspaced with lilting, and waltz-like playfulness. This was followed by six lyric pieces by Grieg including Butterfly, with an entirely different take than the Schumann, and the more familiar March of the Dwarfs. Each piece was evocative of its subject, ranging from sweet and pretty to lively; all showing off Mr. Yerzhonov’s masterful talent. Before the intermission, we were treated to a complex Chopin Scherzo, which left the audience in awe of the artist’s range. “Wow!” is what many could not help but commenting.
After the intermission, we were treated to two big, rich Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux. Continuing the Russian theme, a Tchaikovsky Grande Sonata followed, opening with a bold statement and a march of progressive cords, continuing with a quiet simple lament interspersed with lyrical melody.