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Elliott Carter Centenary Celebration

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CHARLES ROSEN TO PERFORM IN TANGLEWOOD’S “ELLIOTT CARTER CENTENARY CELEBRATION” ON JULY 20, 21, AND 24

Charles Rosen by Don Hunstein

Pianist Charles Rosen, the 81-year-old classical music legend and Musical America’s 2008 Instrumentalist of the Year, will perform four works by Elliott Carter in Tanglewood’s “Elliott Carter Centenary Celebration” all in Seiji Ozawa Hall. On Sunday, July 20, at 10 a.m. he will play Carter’s Double Concerto for Piano and Harpsichord with Ursula Oppens in a concert conducted by Oliver Knussen. The following day on Monday, July 21, he will perform Carter’s Piano Sonata in the Prelude Concert at 5 p.m. And on Thursday, July 24, he will play 90+ and will join cellist Fred Sherry in Carter’s Elegy in the 5 p.m. Prelude Concert.

For tickets and information, call SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200 or visit the Tanglewood Web site at www.tanglewood.org

Charles Rosen and Elliott Carter have been lifelong friends. It’s been said that there is no other pianist who understands Carter's music better, and in fact, Charles Rosen was one of four pianists who commissioned Night Fantasies from Elliott Carter (Ursula Oppens, Gilbert Kalish, and the late Paul Jacobs were the others), Charles Rosen, at 81 years of age, is one of the most widely respected pianists of our time, internationally acclaimed for his performances and recordings of a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach to works by today’s most important composers. His combination of musical sensitivity and powerful intelligence produces interpretations of exceptional understanding and impact, as Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung noted when it wrote: “Rosen’s piano playing is riveting in the way it combines formal clarity and musical insight with an uncommon gestural and speech-like expressiveness.”

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