Gutierrez at Shriver

Critic's Choice: Classical Music

April 01, 2001|By Tim Smith

Piano fans need no introduction to Horacio Gutierrez, the brilliant, Cuban-born pianist who has been livening up the scene for more than 30 years with his combination of technical bravura and unfailing musicality. He brings his talents to the Shriver Hall Concert Series today in an enticingly rich program that includes Beethoven's gar-gantuan "Hammerklavier" Sonata; Schumann's passionate C major Fantasie; the post-romantic sonata, Op. 1, by Alban Berg; and "Nine Bagatelles," written in 1999 by Pulitzer Prize-winning George Perle.

The recital is at 5:30 p.m. today at Shriver Hall, the Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Remaining tickets -- $28 for the general public, $14 for students -- can be bought at the door. Call 410-516-7164.

The focus shifts from piano strings to guitar strings on Friday with a concert by eminent duo-guitarists Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl, who have been collaborating for nearly 20 years. Gray, who is on the faculty at Peabody Conservatory, and Pearl, who teaches at Loyola College, have programmed sonatas by Scarlatti (from their new CD); the world premiere of "Triptych" by the late Oliver Hunt; arrangements of piano classics by Chopin and Debussy; and works by Celso Machado and Fernando Sor.

The concert is at 8 p.m. Friday at Peabody's Friedberg Hall, 1 East Mount Vernon Place. Tickets cost $16 for most adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students. Call 410-659-8124.

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