Legends

Saturday 30 September, 8.30pm

Join us for an ‘after-dinner’ concert of piano duets, set at a later time of 8.30pm.  Pianists Stephen Marquiss and Liz Kozlowski bring Dvorak’s Legends, an exquisite cycle of ten pieces for four-hands, to life. Equally epic and enchanting, the cycle is inspired by the poems of Erben (think of a Czech version of the Brothers Grimm) and carries a narrative which continues through the piece. But what tales do each of the stories in the cycle tell?

Our carnival concert programme continues with Saint-Saens’ thrilling Danse Macabre. Death plays the fiddle on All Hallow’s Eve as the dead revel and dance til the break of dawn. The colourful pageantry of Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals brings our Carnival Night to a fitting close, unless it’s not too late for some Piazzolla… With special thanks to international felt artist Gladys Paulus for the loan of her beautiful masks for the performance.

Refreshments available from 7pm and during the interval.

Programme
Antonin Dvorak Legends – Cycle for Piano Duet, Op.59

Camille Saint-Saens Dance Macabre, Op.40

Camille Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals

 Stephen Marquiss piano ¦ Liz Kozlowski piano

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Stephen Marquiss

Stephen Marquiss is a pianist, teacher and composer and the creator of Piano Portals – Technique in the Flow Zone – a radical, holistic approach to piano technique. Stephen won a music scholarship to Wells Cathedral School at the age of 11, where he won awards and reached the finals of national and international competitions. He went onto to read Music at Cambridge and to study piano in New York with Sophia Rosoff, a pioneering teacher and former student of Abby Whiteside, one of the most original thinkers in piano pedagogy.

“He plays with a delicacy of feeling I’ve rarely encountered in any other performer.”
Frome Festival Reviewer

Stephen gives passionate performances of both his own music and the classical canon, facilitates musical workshops for children and for adults seeking greater confidence and facility in playing and trains teachers in Jolly Music – an inspirational approach to Early Years Music. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys cycling, motorcycling, yoga and photography.

Liz Kozlowski

Liz is a self-taught pianist. Since working both in the UK and abroad in healthcare, she has returned to her love of music. As well as working as a performance coach and therapist, with a particular interest in  musicians’ health and helping people free up their creativity and potential, Liz performs in chamber ensembles and accompanies singers and choirs. She coaches participants in the Berkeley Ensemble’s annual chamber music course. Locally, she is the accompanist for Frome Voices and Corsley Festival Chorus and has curated the concert series which accompanies the Outside Insight art exhibition at the Silk Mill.

“Amazingly sensitive playing.”
Operaletta Concert Review, April 2017