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Piano Talks with Scott Foglesong


Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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$20 General Admission

Rush tickets ($10) are available at the door for students and educators with institutional ID.

The Piano in Varied Parts

Distinguished pianist, professor, and Fromm Institute lecturer Scott Foglesong takes a look into the cupboards of the solo piano literature. Short pieces, drawn together by their composers into suites or partitas, together with variations on familiar melodies, make up this program of instruction and performance. Bach and Debussy are on hand, as are composers from several centuries, in a Piano Talk that is itself a partita — a musical whole of individual elements.

About Scott Foglesong

Scott Foglesong is a pianist, musician, teacher, writer, cat-lover, music history devotée, occasional computer geek and sometime programmer. He has been on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1978; nowadays he serves as a department chair in addition to enjoying the honor of educating some of today's most promising young musicians. In 2008 he was named recipient of the Sarlo Family Foundation Award for excellence in teaching. He has taught Music 27 (Introduction to Music) for the Fall Freshman program at UC Berkeley since 1991, is associated with the San Francisco Symphony, both as a Contributing Writer and as an "Inside Music" lecturer for the Symphony's weekly subscription concerts, and is Program Annotator for the California Symphony, after formerly serving in the same capacity for the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, New Hampshire Music Festival, and Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra. Professor Foglesong was formally educated at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the San Francisco Conservatory, but his informal education continues everywhere, without cease.


Johann Sebastian Bach 
French Suite No. 5 in G Major

Johannes Brahms 
Selected pieces from Opp. 116, 117, 118, and 119

Federico Mompou 
Variations on a Theme by Chopin

Claude Debussy
Children’s Corner

About Piano Talks

In its inaugural year, Piano Talks looks to the nineteenth century, when the piano swept into homes, concert halls, and entertainment venues of all stripes, reaching vast new audiences and becoming central to music education.

While the piano achieved unprecedented visibility in the public sphere during this period, our speakers and performers will look at something more intimate: repertoire for the home and salon — Lieder (Warren Jones), four-hand piano music (Robert Greenberg and ZOFO Duet), and private music (Scott Foglesong).

For more information on the series: www.pianotalks.org.