After a wonderful dinner with a couple friends from Kansas City, we made our way to the final recital of the conference – a 19th-Century Salon Recital of the Works of Frederic Chopin.
To create a more authentic, and intimate, setting, the piano was moved off the stage onto the floor and extra chairs were gathered closely around it. Kevin Kenner served as the host for the evening, and also as the exquisite pianist providing both solo and chamber works. His solo selections included a handful of Waltzes and Mazurkas, Andante Spianato in G Major, Op. 22; Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54; “Reminiscence” Nocturne; and Souvenir de Paganini.
He was joined by cellist, William DeRosa for the performance of Chopin’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor and Polonaise Brillante for Cello and Piano, Op. 3.
The other artist was mezzo-soprano Marta Wryk, who sang six of Chopin’s songs: Moja Pieszczotka, Sliczny, Zycenie, Smutna Rzeka, Gdzie Lubi, and Nie Ma Czego Trzeba.