Michael Stephen Brown, piano

Wednesday, March 13, 2024
No charge for Four Arts members

Michael Stephen Brown, hailed by the New York Times as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers,” takes audiences at The Four Arts on an epic journey in this multifaceted recital. He folds his own animated compositions into a lively sequence of works that goes from Haydn to Haydn-inspired music of the 20th century to masterpieces of Ravel and Mendelssohn. Brown’s Etude-Fantasy picks up where earlier Haydn homages left off, and his Breakup Etude passionately reflects on Pandemic isolation.


Fantasia in C major, Hob. XVII:4, “Capriccio” (1789) JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809)
Hommage à Haydn (1909) CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn (1909) MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)
Etude-Fantasy on the Name of Haydn (2020) MICHAEL STEPHEN BROWN (b. 1987)
Miroirs (1904–05) MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)


Selections from Songs Without Words, op. 18 (1830) DELPHINE VON SCHAUROTH (1813-1887)
Fantasie in F-sharp minor, op. 28 (1830) FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
Breakup Etude for Right Hand Alone (2020) MICHAEL STEPHEN BROWN (b. 1987)
Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1842, arr. 1933) MENDELSSOHN/RACHMANINOV
Wedding March in C major from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (arr. Brown) (1842) MENDELSSOHN/LISZT

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