"You can’t buy it, you can’t teach it. But Kern’s got it. And we can be thankful that there is an Olga Kern…to carry the great tradition she represents into the future."
Seligman Performing Arts Center
Scarlatti: Three Sonatas
7:00 - 7:30 pm, Free to ticket-holders.
Already well-known to Michigan audiences through her many performances as concerto soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Russian pianist Olga Kern marks her Detroit solo recital debut with this concert on the CMSD’s 75th anniversary Signature Series.
Winner of the coveted gold medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn Competition, Olga Kern has become one of the most sought-after classical performing artists in the world, with staggering annual schedule of concerto and recital performances both in the United States and abroad. Now a resident of New York, Kern was the 2017 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, joining other honorees including Rosa Parks, Buzz Aldrin, Coretta Scott King, and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Kern’s beautiful recital program includes piano masterpieces from Scarlatti and Beethoven, and a dazzling set of musical jewels by her countrymen Scriabin and Rachmaninoff, topped off by the fiendishly difficult Islamey by Mily Balakirev. .