Ran Dank, Israel’s Dazzling Classical Pianist, Plays San Miguel

By Mittie Roger

Touted by the New York Times for his “vivacious playing,” Ran Dank’s astute technique, paired with his dazzling vigor and visceral interpretation, is making waves far and wide, hypnotizing even the most discerning critics. This classical piano phenomenon will make his San Miguel debut on February 26 and 27, Friday and Saturday at 5pm St. Paul’s Church, Calle Cardo. He will be playing two different programs including works by both the great romantic composers and 20th century masters.

Pro Musica Concert Series
Ran Dank
Fri and Sat, Feb 26 and 27, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6
120/250/350 pesos
www.promusicasma.com
promusicasma@aol.com

The illustrious Dank has performed not only as a soloist, but also with many orchestras, including the Jerusalem and Phoenix symphonies, as well as at the Chopin Festival in Warsaw. A piano graduate from Tel Aviv University with a master’s from the Julliard School, he’s currently the director of Piano Studies at the University of Charleston and artistic director of their International piano Series.

On Friday Ran Dank will play pieces by Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt, and Scriabin, including the “Moonlight,” which was dedicated to 17-year old Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, his pupil. Among his Chopin selections, the Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, one of Chopin’s last compositions, is unique as it is his sole work of this type. Scriabin’s Prelude for the Left Hand in C-sharp minor was composed after he over-practiced and temporarily disabled his right hand, leading to the creation of two pieces to be played with the left hand. He is believed to have fatigued his hand due to stiff competition among the other piano students at the Moscow Conservatory, like Rachmaninov, Hofmann, and Josef Lhévinne.

Saturday’s concert will highlight composers including Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and continue the Beethoven sonata cycle. His Sonata in C minor, the “Pathétique,” was dedicated to his patron, Prince Lichnowsky. Ran Dank will also play Liszt’s Sposalizio, another exceptional and virtuoso piece that was inspired by the eponymous painting by Raphael of the wedding of Joseph and Mary. Schubert’s Sonata in B flat Major D. 960 will also be featured. Composed during several months of his terminal illness, this work was part of a flurry of incomparable masterpieces; including the final three piano sonatas and the C-Major Quintet.

Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are 120/250/350 pesos donation each and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca Pública; La Conexión, only at Aldama 3, the School of Arts at the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22 and at the concert half an hour before performance time. Pro Musica’s concert details and Patron Membership are on our website, www.promusicasma.com, or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com.

 

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