American Dream At Two Pianos

20 february 2020, 19:00

„Mihai Eminescu” University Library Iași
Str. Păcurari no. 4, Iași

We cannot talk about innovation in art and culture without stepping into the realms of jazz, Hollywood, or music. A huge part of the life lessons we call "normality" today are due to American evolution and diversity. The program of the American dream was related in this edition of Classix on two pianos, highlighting the importance of dialogue and mutual respect. Whether in family, friends, nations, or in business. The protagonists were two young pianists with international careers started in Iași under the guidance of Ioana Stănescu - Dragoș Cantea and Valeria Lapșin. The program was shaped to cover both the film music from the West Side Story Suite and the history of African Americans with famous jazz standards in a unique two-piano arrangement. Iași is a city in which the performing arts and the student life have been shaking hands for the first time in Romania, starting in 1860. The realm of jazz, musical, and Hollywood was celebrated in the Classix Festival in a spectacular two-piano version with two international pianists in a piano-mania evening!

Concert Programme

Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990) - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (1961), arranged by John Musto (1998)

Dragoș Andrei Cantea - piano

Valeria Lapșin - piano

Percy Grainger (1882 - 1961) - Fantasy on Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (1935)