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Violin Virtuoso Mariusz Patyra Accompanied by Giovanni Casella, Piano
Phone (859) 257-4929
Price $25, $10 seniors, $5 students
Age Suitability All Ages
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Violin Virtuoso Mariusz Patyra Accompanied by Giovanni Casella, Piano

Monday, Oct 13, 2008 8:00p

Niccolo Paganini International Competition Winner, Violin Virtuoso Mariusz Patyra (Poland) accompanied by Pianist Giovanni Casella (Italy) will perform one-evening only for the Lexington audience during their US tour.

Program

Debussy: Sonate pour violon e piano
Saint-Saens: Introduction e Rondo Capriccioso
Chopin: Nocturne C sharp minor op. posth. (arr.Nathan Mlistein)
Kodaly: Dances from Kalo
Paganini: I Palpiti

Sarasate: Introduction e Tarantelle
Suk: Love Song
Brahms: Hungarian Dance nr.
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Oct 22, 2008 - mfus
Violinist thrills Lexington audience

“Crazy:” one violinist audience member’s summation of International Paganini Violin Competition Winner Mariusz Patyra’s Recital at Singletary Center for the Arts on Monday night. And what more is to be said about the technical skill of someone hailed in the press as exemplifying “brilliant playing, musical perfection and perfect pitch, an absolutely impeccable technique?” Perhaps only that Patyra matches it with an equal dedication to engagement of the audience through his balance of stage presence, passion, and calculated restraint.

Mariusz Patyra’s stride onto the stage, with disheveled mane, pewter frock, and untucked shirt, declared even before the first note his approach to life and work as anything but pedestrian. Over the next two hours, Patyra and accomplished pianist Giovanni Casella captivated their audience with an indefatigable cavort through resplendent pieces such as Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Paganini’s I Palpiti, and ending with Wieniawski’s Polonaise de Concert in D Major, interspersed with opportunities for softer lyricism in the Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Sarasate’s Playera and Suk’s Love Song. With his varied program, Patyra exemplified a rare breadth of colors and dynamics, vast range and depth of emotion. Here, he gave witness to a deeper maturity: the ability to convey passion as well as to hold back, to resist overstatement.

The thirty-year-old virtuoso has been developing such musical sensitivity since the age of seven. His recipience of the Paganini Competition Prize (named after the famed 19th century violin virtuoso and composer) propelled him onto the international stage, with subsequent tours in Europe, Japan, and the US. The current US tour has taken him to Washington DC, Atlanta, Miami, Connecticut and Virginia. In each performance, he has been greeted with enthusiasm for his ability to enthrall listeners—an aptitude that reaches beyond mastery of left-hand pizzicato and double-stop harmonics. He discussed with a group of UK student violinists his approach: It’s difficult for you, for me, it’s hard for all of us. It’s almost impossible to play some of these passages without mistakes. That’s why we practice. To perform. So that when we play for others, we don’t worry about the notes or the technique, but about engaging the audience, engaging every person in the room.

Patyra’s bow had hardly left the string after the Wieniawski on Monday night before the recital hall was standing in applause for three encores. The next day, he just as easily held gaping a class of middle- and high-school SCAPA strings students with the Paganini Caprice No. 24. But possibly his most endearing characteristic, the virtuoso embodied only after the performance. On stage, he had worn a confident, “showy” persona suggestive of Paganini’s legend, allowing his eyes to rove around the recital hall, leaning on his left leg with right leg in front during the Paganini I Palpiti, tilting back his head to applause. After the recital, he met listeners with manifest sincerity, humility, and lack of pretense, engaging in conversations with patrons, inquiring into their lives and experiences, hugging children and posing for pictures. Both onstage and off, Patyra makes first his priority to connect with others, as person and entertainer.

Crazy, indeed. Paganini would have been delighted.

--Magdalena Fus

Oct 20, 2008 - KasiaPater

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