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Monica Jakuc Leverett

 

Saturday, October 24th at 7:30pm

Classical pianist, Monica Jakuc (pronounced Ya'kutch) Leverett presents ‘Moonlit Hits and Little-known Gems', a program of all-time classical piano favorites, mixed with beautiful, rare pieces. Ms. Jakuc Leverett will perform Beethoven's “Moonlight” Sonata, Debussy's “Clair de lune” and Schubert's Impromptu in Bb Major, Op. 142, No. 3. Less well-known, but equally stunning, are New England composer Amy Beach's nature pieces, which Ms. Jakuc Leverett likes to call “A Day in the Woods with Amy Beach.” This group consists of two hermit thrush pieces, plus musical portrayals of a chipmunk, a hummingbird and young birches. A group of études for piano by Polish composer Maria Szymanowska, half a generation older than Chopin, will also be included. They will be presented with études by her contemporaries J.B. Cramer, Marie Bigot, and Frédéric Chopin.

Ms. Jakuc Leverett is the Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor Emerita of Music at Smith College, where she taught from 1969 until 2008. A frequent solo and chamber pianist in Western Massachusetts, she often performs with Wistaria, The Chamber Music Society of Western Massachusetts. She also presents lecture-recitals on women composers and has been a featured artist at International Alliance of Women in Music concerts in London and Washington, D.C.

Ms. Jakuc Leverett graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in New York City where she has performed at Alice Tully and Merkin Halls. After she played Bach's “Goldberg” Variations, Tim Page of the New York Times said, “She … fashioned a distinctly individual interpretation, characterized by a combination of grace, propulsion and Platonic detachment…One will observe Miss Jakuc's career with more than usual interest.” She played her modern piano debut recital in London, and a fortepiano recital in the Klementinum, Prague, Czech Republic.

Ms. Jakuc Leverett has also performed on early pianos since 1986. After one of these performances, John Zeugner of the Worcester Telegram called her a “pianist extraordinaire … the novelty of sound under Leverett's insistent and amazing artistry dissolved resistance.”

Speaking of Ms. Jakuc Leverett 's first CD, Susan Kagan of Fanfare Magazine wrote, “Her playing is lovely; she has an elegant and unmannered style, rhythmic flair, and beautiful sound.”

This event celebrates Vermont Arts 2015, in celebration of public funding for the arts.

Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner also available for $20. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.

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