10 Etudes (Nishimura)

April 12, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm
Freer Gallery of Art
Meyer Auditorium

Sara Davis Buechner, piano

Acclaimed pianist Sara Davis Buechner is joined by innovative dancer Yayoi Hirano for the Washington premiere of Hirano’s masked-dance choreography to Jacques Ibert’s Histoires. Complementing this lighthearted piano suite are works by Japanese composers Yukiko Nishimura, Kouji Taku, and Yoshinao Nakada. The New York Times said this program, which premiered at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2017, showed how “the addition of spare, precise movements and noh-style masks deepened the music’s mystery and whimsy.” The Times added that Histoires “was the centerpiece of a meticulously thought-out program . . . that traced connections between French and Japanese music . . . and showcased the breadth of Ms. Buechner’s artistry, spanning thundering fortissimos and chiseled passagework, as well as lyrical moments colored by a poetic sensitivity.”