event was made possible through generous support of the
Foundation, dedicated to maintaining ties of friendship
between the Netherlands and the United States. Talent
coordination provided by Wanda Fleck,
director of the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music.
"The greatest performance of Rhapsody in Blue I have ever heard."
"The greatest recording of Mozart's piano music ever made!"
• Ms. Buechner's recording of piano music by George Gershwin was selected as a Record of the Month by Stereophile magazine.
• 1997 première recording of Busoni's version of Bach's Goldberg Variations profiled in Arts & Leisure section, New York Times.
• CD of piano concertos by Bernard Herrmann and Franz Waxman won Germany's Deutsches Schauplatten Preis.
• CD of the complete piano music of Stephen Foster released by Pro Piano.
• Fourth recording for Koch International features piano music by Rudolf Friml.
|| Sara Davis Buechner is a dazzling pianist and witty speaker, with a gregarious personality that leaps from the stage. In informal concerts she has been known to talk about everything from cartoons to baseball to Japanese kabuki to connect with her audience on an intimate level and make her music a personal and enchanting experience for everyone.
Sara Davis Buechner
||For the Queen's Day concert, Ms. Buechner
presented the following program
Prelude & Fugue In B-minor by J.S. Bach
Sonata in F-major by Mozart
Three Spanish Dances by Turina
"Ragamuffin" & "Frapperette" by Jess
After the intermission, she continued with a selection of compositions
by George Gershwin (1989-1937):
Sweet and Low Down
Someone to Watch Over Me
Rhapsody in Blue
All who attended agreed that Ms. Buechner's performance was thrilling
and revelatory. "I've heard 'Rhapsody in Blue' dozens of times,"
commented one concertgoer, "but after hearing Sara play it, I
feel that I never listen to it before."
A classical pianist whose repertoire includes nearly a hundred concertos,
has played with prominent orchestras throughout the Americas, Europe and
Asia. Winner of numerous prestigious awards, she has made several acclaimed
recordings. She also performs piano scores to silent movies, notably the
150-minute Ben-Hur (1925) and Carl Dreyer's 1927 "Master of the House"
her musical score is on the DVD soon to be released by Criterion.
Formerly on the faculty at New York University, Ms. Buechner currently
teaches at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.