Russell Sherman Celebrates 88 with 88


04/15/2018 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Emmanuel Music
15 Newbury Street
MA 02116
$30 - $50
Emmanuel Music


On April 15 Emmanuel Music  welcomes pianist Russell Sherman for a special concert celebrating his 88th birthday in the Parish Hall at Emmanuel Church at 4 p.m.  Join well-wishers for the concert and additional birthday surprises.

An eloquent communicator both on and off the concert stage, Sherman continues to astonish critics and audiences with his grace, imagination and poetry. As author of the book Piano Pieces” (2006), a compilation of vignettes and anecdotes from his experiences as pianist and teacher, he has been praised as an ingenious virtuoso and an insightful master. Sherman has performed with major orchestras internationally and is the first American to record Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas and five piano concertos.  He has recorded works by Gershwin, Brahms, Chopin, Schubert, Grieg, Schumann, Debussy, Bach, and additional works by Liszt and has performed and recorded work of modern and contemporary composers, among these are the complete piano works of Schoenberg as well as pieces he has commissioned from Schuller, Helps, Perle, and Shapey.

Born in New York, he began piano studies at age six, and by eleven was studying with Eduard Steuermann, pupil and friend of Ferruccio Busoni and Arnold Schoenberg. He graduated from Columbia University at 19 with a degree in the humanities. He was Visiting Professor at Harvard University and is currently a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory. At age 88, Sherman continues to explore and merit the title “a thinking man’s virtuoso.”

The program will include:

Claude Debussy Complete Préludes, Book II (1912 – 1913)
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Three Venetianisches Gondellied
(from Lieder ohne Worte)
G minor, Op. 19 No. 6
F-sharp minor, Op. 30 No. 6
A minor, Op. 62 No. 5
Frédéric Chopin Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47

Four Mazurkas, Op. 24
Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60

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