Audio High is proud to bring pianist Robert Silverman back to the Bay Area, this time for an eight-concert series of the entire cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas (32 in all). This event is open to the public, with proceeds benefitting Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.
Silverman is one of the world’s premiere pianists, having reached a level of musical and technical authority that can only be accomplished after years of deep commitment to the instrument and its vast literature. In a career spanning more than five decades, he has climbed every peak of serious pianism.
Many aspects of Mr. Silverman’s playing are frequently noted: a polished technique, an extraordinary range of tonal palette, an uncanny ability to sing his way into the heart of a phrase, and probing interpretations of the most complex works in the repertoire.
He is one of the few pianists to tackle both the entire Beethoven piano sonata cycle and the complete Mozart piano sonatas. He has performed in prestigious halls across the globe, has performed with many of the world’s greatest conductors, and has produced many award-winning recordings. His complete discography includes 25 CDs and a dozen LPs.
I personally fell in love with his playing when writing a review of his 2003 Chan Centre CD, which includes the devastatingly difficult Liszt B minor piano sonata. His recording of Liszt's piano music received a Grand Prix du Disque from the Liszt Society of Budapest.
Audio High will be recording and producing a CD set of all 32 sonatas with Mr. Silverman. The recordings will also be available in high-res audio.
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
The proceeds from the concerts and recordings will go toward building "rooms of magic" at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in association with the Elf Foundation of Hollywood, California. We will be setting up a number of rooms where sick kids can go to watch movies, TV, or other events or listen to music. These are not ordinary theaters. They will have the latest technology and a high "wow" factor. We will also be modernizing the hospital with the high-tech audio and video distribution and other systems.
With over 650 physicians and 4750 staff support and volunteers, Packard Children's Hospital is a world-class, non-profit hospital devoted entirely to the care of babies, children, adolescents and expectant mothers.
Because they are an academic medical center on the Stanford University campus, they benefit from a faculty and staff that is recognized as much for their achievements as for their commitment to care. Many of the doctors also serve as professors at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Internationally recognized for the care they provide, they also have an extensive network of community and outreach services in dozens of locations around the San Francisco Bay area, and the greater Pacific Northwest. As they continue to expand, Packard Children's Hospital is making it easier for children and mothers to access the care they need.
We have a strong personal connection to the Children's Hospital as our daughter, Rachel, has received advanced care there her entire life, starting when she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at two months old. Rachel has also participated in a number of research projects and medical trials.
We are thus extremely pleased to be able to give something back to the hospital by donating and building state-of-the-art theater and music rooms for children who know too well what the inside of hospital room looks like.
If you would like to be more involved or give a donation directly to this project, please contact us at 650.964.4000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Concert Venue
The concerts will be held at Le Petit Trianon's main theater on North Fifth Street in San Jose.
The concerts will begin at 8:00pm with seating starting at 7:30pm.
Built in 1923 as an adaptation of the often-replicated Petit Trianon in Versailles, the building today is home for many of San Jose’s arts groups and is a magnificent, intimate space in which to experience live performance.
How to Purchase Tickets
Tickets may be purchased online at audiohigh.eventbrite.com.
Note that you may purchase individual seats or purchase a full season pass (which is less expensive per concert).
About Our Recording Genius: Mark Willsher
San Francisco-based producer, recording engineer, and film score editor, Mark Willsher, is known for his work on New Line Cinema's Lord of the Rings trilogy and such blockbusters as The Aviator and King Kong. Mr. Willsher has worked with numerous award-winning artists such as the Cypress and St. Lawrence String Quartets, Michael Franti, Annie Lennox, and Lyle Lovett. Mark is also a member of the audio faculty at the internationally renowned Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. In addition to audio work he has designed and coded analytical algorithms for silicon valley firm Infoenable Corporation, which has driven significant innovations in the life sciences -- including high-throughput gene sequencing and next-generation protein diagnostics.
About Our Mastering Guru: Steve Hoffman
Award-winning Recording, Mastering, and Restoration Engineer, Steve Hoffman, has compiled, mastered, and released over 1,000 record albums and compact discs to critical acclaim.
He has remastered over 500 Audiophile-quality compact discs and LPs, working with such artists as: The Eagles, The Doors, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Nat 'King' Cole, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Cream, The Cars, Blondie, Jim Croce, Linda Ronstadt, Jethro Tull, The Doobie Brothers, Jackson Browne, Steve Miller Band, Elton John, Van Halen, Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Stan Getz, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Pepper, Rod Stewart, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Wes Montgomery and many, many, others.
Indeed, "Steve Hoffman is one of the few engineers many music fans know by name", said Pete Howard, editor and publisher of Ice, the highly respected monthly CD magazine. "He's one of the most popular restoration and mastering engineers among consumers of reissues in America today," Howard said. "When our readers see his name on a CD, the first reaction is, 'It must be good.'"
Steve is a longtime friend of Audio High and has generously donated his services for this project.
Contributions in Kind
Concert Dates & Details (click on a sonata for liner notes)
September 9, 2010
September 16, 2010
November 11, 2010
November 18, 2010
February 3, 2011
February 10, 2011
April 7, 2011
April 14, 2011