Cathal Breslin on Saturday, October 31, at 8 p.m.

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“He generates strongly characterized musical gesture . . . and possesses a fine command of pianistic color. He likes to quicken his audience’s pulse,” says The Irish Times of Cathal Breslin. Consistently praised by critics across the world for his energy and passion, Breslin also took home the Brennan Prize and John Field Prize at the 2003 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, wowed Carnegie Hall, and Founded the Walled City Music Festival. Taking a break from his duties as Professor of Piano at University of Memphis, Breslin joins the Sitkovesky and Friends Chamber Series for a program that lets him shine both as a player and performer. 

  • Poulenc—Sonata for Flute and Piano: This dreamy three-movement chamber piece from French composer Francis Poulenc was commissioned to honor American patroness of the arts Elizabeth Sprague—even though Poulenc had never met her. Regardless, it doesn’t sound impersonal. In fact, its double-tongued notes and tricky fingerwork seem as if they were designed to impress. 
  • Prokofiev—Selections from Romeo and Juliet for clarinet and piano: Every fight, every insult, and every stolen kiss in Shakespeare’s masterpiece comes to life in this work from one of the 20th century’s most emotionally grounded composers.
  • Connesson—Techno Parade for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano: Techno. That’s not a typo. In this clever 2002 piece from French composer Guillaume Connesson, the worlds of chamber and dance music form an odd union, but sound as though they were made for one another.
  • Prokofiev—Selections from the Cinderella for violin and piano: Basking in the acclaim for Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev was commissioned to produce a new romantic work: Cinderella. But then World War II arrived in Russia. While he set the fairy tale aside to focus on more nationalistic works, Prokofiev’s imagination began weaving a tapestry of pas-de-deux, waltzes, and mazurkas, all slightly inflected by the discord of the world around him.
  • Ravel—Sonata for Violin and Piano: This radical stylistic departure finds the composer of Bolero reveling in his love of jazz and St. Louis Blues.

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