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042 Charlie Albright m H Å KO N S H A LLE N DAT E/ T I M E Saturday 25 May at 19:30 DU RAT IO N 2:00 including interval A D D IT IO N A L INFO RM ATI ON Charlie Albright is also performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor at Goosebumps. See p. 36. TIC KET Standard: 430/460 Senior: 387/414 Under 30: 190 FiB Fordel: 344/368 BT Fordel: 322/345 BE RGE N INTE RN AT I ON AL FE STIVAL 2019 A pianist who breaks the classical rules of music by connecting with audiences like no other. American Charlie Albright was a breath of fresh air when at short notice he came to perform his first concert in Norway at the 2017 Bergen International Festival. Enthusiastic members of the audience recounted an extraordinary musicality from a charming artist with a great talent for conveying music.. During this year’s Festival, he will play Beethoven and Chopin and improvise around his own compositions in the venerable Haakon’s Hall. Albright has performed with artists like violinist Joshua Bell, singer and conductor Bobby McFerrin, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma who will also be performing at this year’s Festival (p. 37). The Washington Post has described Albright as one of the ’most gifted musicians of his gene- ration with a dazzling natural understanding of 042 FOU N DAT I ON S the keys’, and The New York Times has noted a ’technique and virtuosity that makes your jaw drop.’ Young Charlie learned to play the piano enti- rely on his own and as a three-year-old went from unstructured clunking to performing whole melodies that he had picked up. He still has the ability to listen and make music from what he hears: In concert, Charlie Albright often asks the audience to propose tones as starting-point for his improvisations. Charlie Albright piano LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827) Piano Sonata no. 14 in C sharp Minor Quasi Una Fantasia, op. 27:2 GIAN CARLO MENOTTI (1911–2007) Ricercare and Toccata on a Theme from The Old Maid and the Thief FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810–1849) Variations on Là Ci Darem La Mano, op. 2 CHARLIE ALBRIGHT Live Piano Sonata Improvisation from notes from the audience Supported by Yvonne and Bjarne Rieber/AS Rika #FE STSPILLEN E19