The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has announced the concerts that will be part of the 2022-23 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series and its 44th season of Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel.
The Virginia G. Piper concert series is among the premier classical concert series in the Southwest, and this year’s lineup is one of the strongest with concerts by Emerson String Quartet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Renaud Capuçon, Marc-André Hamelin, Academy of St Martin in the Fields with mandolinist Avi Avital, Balourdet Quartet with flautist Adam Sadberry, late gold medalist Van Cliburn, and Les Violons du Roy with pianist Inon Barnatan.
Siegel, who has performed his signature Keyboard Conversations for 54 years, will return for a 44th year to the Scottsdale center with four shows: “American Pianistic Treasures,” “Immortal Impromtus,” “Musical Valentines” and “Mozart and Friends: Beethoven and Haydn. ” These brilliantly polished concert-commentaries combine captivating commentary with dynamic renditions of piano masterpieces, culminating in a spirited Q&A session.
Virginia G. Piper Concert Series:
Emerson String Quartet
December 2, 2022, 8 p.m.
The Emerson String Quartet has retained its status as one of the world’s finest chamber music ensembles, described as “an extraordinary fusion of experience and authority with boldness and freshness” (The Boston Globe).
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Renaud Capucon
January 19, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will present a special program with violinist Renaud Capuçon in Scottsdale, just days after its scheduled date Carnegie Hall start.
February 22, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
“A performer of near-superhuman technical prowess” (The New York Times), pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known the world over for his unparalleled blend of consummate musicality and brilliant technique in the great works of established repertoire.
Academy of St Martin aux Champs | Avi Avital, mandolin
March 8, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
One of the world’s finest chamber orchestras is joined by the first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a Classical Grammy for a memorable evening of large-scale chamber music.
Balourdet Quartet with Adam Sadberry, flute
March 22, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
The Balourdet Quartet, winners of the 2021 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition Grand Prize, share the stage with Memphis Symphony Orchestra Acting Principal Flutist Adam Sadberry for a program that includes Wolf’s Italian Serenade; String Quartet no. 4 in E minor, op. 44, no. 2; Assobio a Jato (The Jet Whistle) of Villa Lobos; and Theme and Variations of Beach, Op. 80.
Van Cliburn Gold Medalist
April 14, 2023, 8 p.m.
Widely regarded as one of the most important international music competitions, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition exists to share excellent classical music. The performer will be announced after the 2022 contest in June.
April 29, 2023, 8 p.m.
The chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy is joined by the famous pianist Inon Barnatan for a night of “atmospheric effects” (The Washington Post) and jaw-dropping cinematics, including Piano Concerto no. 1.
Keyboard conversations with Jeffrey Siegel:
“American Pianist Treasures”
December 13, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Discover “American Pianistic Treasures” as Siegel gives us all the scintillating details behind Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, Gottschalk and MacDowell.
Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
There’s a reason Siegel calls these beloved works by Chopin, Schubert and Gabriel Fauré “Immortal Impromptus”; learn why during this special performance.
“Musical Valentine’s Day”
Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Find a little something sweet with “Musical Valentines” while Siegel gets romantic with love-inspired music from Liszt, Chopin, Schumann and Brahms.
“Mozart and his friends: Beethoven and Haydn”
Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
With “Mozart and Friends”, Siegel’s methodically rehearsed program explores connections to Beethoven and Haydn.
All concerts are at the Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, Arizona. To visit ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/events or call Scottsdale Arts Guest Services at 480-499-TKTS (8587) for more