When we arrived, I was immediately impressed by the beautiful venue. The piano, framed by huge windows looking out to a beautiful courtyard, was the perfect setting for the stirring music we were to hear that evening.
The concert was given by pianist and composer Lera Auerbach. Aside from studying at Julliard and playing Carnegie Hall, Ms. Auerbach defected to the United States from the Soviet Union when she was just 17. Her strength, determination, and love for music was clear in listening to her perform.
Ms. Auerbach also spoke to the background of the pieces she performed. The first act was a series of 24 preludes that she composed. While each prelude was only a minute or so in length, they all wove together seamlessly, as well as having meaning and depth individually.
The second act was a classic piece called, “Picture at an Exhibition.“ While the music was familiar, Ms. Auerbach gave it new life because of her passion for the piece. Before she performed it, she told us, “I just love this piece to death.”
It was a lovely evening of beautiful music, as well as learning more about the performer herself in a stunning and intimate environment. The next concert in the Mixon Hall Masters Series features violinist Mark O’Connor on Wednesday, October 30 and is in partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Institute of Music to help promote the Mixon Hall Masters series. In exchange, I received one complimentary ticket to the Lera Auerbach concert. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***