Dynasty Battles, piano

Friday, December 16, 2022 - 7:30 pm
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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$20.00 per ticket

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About This Performance

Philadelphia native Dynasty Battles once performed George Walker’s Piano Sonata No. 1 in a private engagement at the composer’s home. In his PCMS recital debut, this visionary young pianist celebrates the centenary of the first Black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music, performing two of Walker’s groundbreaking piano sonatas alongside works by Beethoven, Bach, and Hindemith.

Celebrating George Walker
Beethoven: Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier (Sel.) interspersed with Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis (Sel.)
Walker: Bauble
Walker: Sonata No. 1

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The Artist(s)

Dynasty Battles
Dynasty Battles, piano
Philadelphia native Dynasty Battles is proving to be a visionary pianist with a repertoire spanning from Baroque to new music and a unique approach to concert performances. Recognized by AL DÍA magazine as a “40 Under Forty” honoree in 2020, he has been featured with soprano Marietta Simpson in the Philadelphia Inquirer,… Read More


Dynasty Battles | Walker: Piano Sonata No. 1
Dynasty Battles | Chopin: Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 42