The Sembrich Simon
British-born pianist Simon Mulligan performs at Sembrich
Back-to-back concerts: Classical music on August 3 & Jazz on August 4
The Sembrich, located at 4800 Lakeshore Drive in Bolton Landing, continues its TITANS OF OPERA summer season with Two Sides of Simon, a pair of concerts featuring British-born pianist Simon Mulligan, a virtuoso whose many successes include playing for President Barack Obama at the reopening of Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. In February 2009.
The first concert, entitled A Night of Classics, is Saturday, August 3, at 7:30 p.m. It features works by Chopin, Liszt and Beethoven. Admission is $35. Reservations are strongly encouraged. The second concert, A Jazzy Afternoon, follows on Sunday, August, 4, at 4:00 p.m. Mr. Mulligan performs his own arrangement of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, alongside music by Fats Waller and other jazz favorites, plus movie themes and audience requests! Admission: $25.
Mr. Mulligan débuted at the age of 19 at London's Barbican Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Only a month later, he recorded with them. The month after that, he recorded his first album under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin, who is considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century. The Times of London has described Mr. Mulligan as “the most abundantly gifted of pianists.”
Highlights of his career include collaborations with Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell and famed actress and singer Liza Minnelli, and being featured as soloist on Kamen's score for Band of Brothers, the award-winning HBO television series produced by Steven Spielberg. He was invited to perform for Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at London's Royal Albert Hall, and is one of the youngest recipients to be awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music.
Mr. Mulligan last appeared at The Sembrich in 2008 during The Year of Sembrich, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Marcella Sembrich's birth. "I'm very much looking forward to returning to The Sembrich, a unique concert salon steeped in such a prestigious past of wonderful music-making!" says Mr. Mulligan.
Two Sides of Simon is programmed in place of two previously-scheduled concerts featuring pianist Christopher Johnson.
“Christopher has been grappling with some hand issues,” explains Sembrich Artistic Director Richard Wargo. “All of us at The Sembrich agree that it wouldn't be prudent of him to risk injury by attempting to go forward with an extremely demanding pair of performances. We've already looked to reschedule his performance of the Strauss Piano Quartet with members of the Hyperion String Quartet in 2014.”
“In the meantime, we're keenly aware that our patrons have been eagerly awaiting Christopher's return,” says Mr. Wargo. “We knew that we had to try to allay their disappointment with an extra special weekend of programs. We believe that Simon Mulligan in concert fits the bill perfectly!”