Those of you who know me, know that I hold the Etudes of Claude Debussy very near to my heart. I'd been in love with these esoteric little pieces as long as I can possibly remember, and when I won the Hilton Head International Piano Competition in 2004, it was immediately without question that I would present the complete Etudes in my Carnegie/Weill Hall debut recital. I didn't care what the critics would think; I just wanted to play these Etudes more than anything.
Much to my delight (and relief), my Carnegie performance of these Etudes actually satisfied the critics. (Read what they said here.) That was eleven years ago. More importantly, however, 2015 marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of these Etudes. Despite being gripped by a slow death from cancer, and despite being emotionally numbed by the First World War, Debussy composed these pieces in an intense flurry of inspiration, all within the span of a few summer months on the Normandy coast. I am celebrating the anniversary of these important works by performing them in a mini-tour in November:
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7:30PM: Cedarville University (Cedarville, Ohio)
Sunday, November 15, 2015, 3:00PM: Middle Tennessee State University School of Music (Murfreesboro, Tennessee)
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 3:00PM: Third Reformed Church (Holland, Michigan)
Yay, exciting!! Hope to see you at one of my stops!