Pianist András Schiff
The greatly respected pianist András Schiff arrives (under the sponsorship of Performance Santa Fe) with a program of sonatas by the four most solid pillars of Viennese music in the decades surrounding the turn into the 19th century. The earliest is from 1788: Mozart’s so-called Sonata facile in C major (K. 545), a standard for piano students that he described as “a little piano sonata for beginners.” Haydn is represented by his C-major Sonata (Hob. XVI:50), an expansive work produced during his second, valedictory London residency, in 1794-1795. From Beethoven comes the E-major Sonata (Op. 109), his third from last, from 1820; and from Schubert we hear the C-minor Sonata (D. 958), one of three he wrote in September 1828, two months before his death. The recital takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.). Tickets ($27 to $100, with discounts available) can be purchased by calling 505-988-1234 or visiting www.ticketssantafe.com. — J.M.K.