Shai Wosner, piano

Thursday, April 08, 2021 - 7:30 PM
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

300 South Broad Street Learn More

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About This Performance

Note: This performance was originally scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4. Tickets to the original date will gain you entrance to this concert. 

Variations on a Theme by FDR is a collection of newly commissioned works by five American composers. The theme is a quote from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s address to the Daughters of the American Revolution: “Remember, remember always, that all of us… are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” Each contribution to this new collection is a “variation” on this theme, with each composer employing the story of a specific immigrant as inspiration. Beethoven used a similar idea to test his creative powers when he accepted Anton Diabelli’s invitation to write a variation on a simple C Major waltz, the proceeds from which were to support orphans and widows of the Napoleonic Wars.

Variations on a Theme by FDR
Beethoven: 33 Variations On a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120
Philadelphia Premieres/PCMS Co-Commissions by Bermel, Iyer, Cheung, Lu, and Harbison

This concert sponsored as part of the Elaine Kligerman Piano Series.

The Artist(s)

Shai Wosner, piano
Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight. His performances of a broad range of repertoire—from Beethoven and Schubert to Ligeti and the music of today—reflect a degree of virtuosity and intellectual curiosity that has made him a favorite among audiences and critics, who note his “keen musical mind and deep musical soul” (NPR’s All Things Considered).… Read More


Shai Wosner Previews "Variations on a Theme by FDR"
Gershwin Impromptu In Two Keys with Shai Wosner