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Classical piano concert on Aug. 19

RANGELEY - The Rangeley Friends of the Arts to present Michael Arnowitt's classical piano program on August 19 at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd in downtown Rangeley.

Michael Arnowitt

Michael Arnowitt's classical piano program features deep, highly personal and expressive 
masterworks by many of the pianist's favorite composers. The major pieces on the concert are Bach's Partita no. 3 in A minor, a rarely programmed suite which interestingly contains Bach's only known examples of the humorous burlesca and scherzo forms; Beethoven's Sonata no. 27 in E minor, op. 90, with its profound and 
powerful opening statement and contrasting songful, almost Schubert-like closing finale; and Robert Schumann's evocative "Scenes from Childhood," an adult look back on what Schumann called "the sunshine of childhood," highlighted by the famous "Traumerei" (Dreaming).

Also on the program are four Chopin études including the shimmering "Aeolian Harp" and mesmeric "Double Thirds," three of the fantastically imaginative
 piano études by György Ligeti including "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," and a piano arrangement of the slow movement to Brahms' Fourth Symphony, one of the composer's most beautiful and satisfying creations.

Tickets ($15) are available at the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce and at the door on the evening of the concert.

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