Robyn Carmichael (piano) in concert, Incarnation, San Francisco

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:30 pm

Peers, Friends, Rivals – FOUR ROMANTIC MASTERS

Please join acclaimed pianist, ROBYN CARMICHAEL, at Sunset Music and Arts on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm, for Peers, Friends, Rivals: FOUR ROMANTIC MASTERS. Experience the music of four towering masters of the keyboard: Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Mendelssohn, in a program highlighting their own unique temperaments, and featuring the magnificent Sonata in B minor, Op. 58 of Chopin and the high-strung and virtuosic Tarantella from Venezia e Napoli of Franz Liszt. 


Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14 (c. 1830)
Songs without Words, Op. 38, no. 6 “Duetto” (c. 1836-37)
Songs without Words, Op. 19, no. 5 “Restlessness” (c. 1828)
Scherzo from Capriccio Op. 16, no. 2 (c. 1829)


Nocturne, Op. 27, no. 2 (c. 1836)
Waltz, Op. 34, no. 3 (c. 1838)
Sonata in B minor, Op. 58 (c. 1844)

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856)-FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)

Widmung (Dedication) from the “Myrthen” song cycle by Schumann (c. 1840, arr. by Liszt, c.1848) S. 566


Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 (c. 1837)

Des Abends
In der Nacht

FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)

Liebestraume, S. 541, no. 3 (c. 1850)
Tarantella from Annees de Pelerinage: Venezia e Napoli, S. 162, no. 3 (c. 1837-49)

About the Artist

“Extraordinary poetry…a magical musician” – Palo Alto Times Tribune
“Explosive technique, calm demeanor” – Pacifica Tribune
“A magnificent and illuminating evening” – Kultura, Poland
Audiences and critics have praised pianist Robyn Carmichael for her “extraordinary poetry” and “lush, thrilling and intensely personal” performances.

Carmichael’s distinctive style has defined her concerts in the U.S. and Europe. Her past season included West Coast concerts in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, a radio interview on Berkeley’s KPFA-FM “Piano” program, and a CD release with music of Scarlatti, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, de Falla, Tchaikovsky, Bach-Alkan, and Rachmaninoff.

Her new 2018 season features East Coast and West Coast tours with all-Russian and all-Romantic recitals, including the virtuosic Tchaikovsky-Pletnev Nutcracker Suite, educational concerts with commentary for libraries and grassroots organizations, a unique Chopin project and a program honoring the 200th anniversary of the legendary choreographer Marius Petipa.

The life and works of the great Polish composer Chopin have always had a special significance for Carmichael because of her Polish/Scottish ancestry. She had a remarkable opportunity to connect more closely to Chopin and his historical impact on three tours of Poland and one of Scotland. One particular day of those tours stands out:

Warsaw, October 17, 2005. Carmichael describes it as “one of the greatest events of my life.” She organized an historic pilgrimage to bring her friend Matthew B. Sydow back to Warsaw. Exactly 60 years earlier, at the end of WWII on October 17, 1945, the great Chopin historian Bronislaw Edward Sydow and his son Matthew Bogdan Sydow helped to return the urn containing Chopin’s heart back to its rightful place in the pillar of the Church of the Holy Cross where it remains today. On October 17, 2005, the church was packed with devotees, simultaneously honoring the anniversary of the death of Chopin, the 60th anniversary of the return of Chopin’s heart, and the mid-point proceedings of the renowned XV International Chopin Piano Competition. Matthew stood once again in front of the cherished pillar, completing the circle. “I will never forget this extraordinary moment that honored Matthew, his father, Poland and Chopin’s memory,” said Carmichael.

In the fall of 2006, Carmichael began a collaboration with Polish narrator and nephew of Bronislaw E. Sydow, Witold Kolankowski, presenting the life and music of Fryderyk Chopin in recital with readings in Polish/English from Chopin’s correspondence. In 2008-09, they took their Chopin presentation, “In Search of Chopin,” across the U.S. and to Glasgow, Scotland. The Glasgow performance at the Grand Concert Hall at City Halls commemorated 160 years since Chopin’s visit to Scotland in 1848.

In 2003, The International Fryderyk Chopin Society invited Carmichael to play at Ostrogski Palace in Warsaw and Chopin’s birthplace home, Zelazowa Wola. Upon entering that home, she said “I immediately sensed the incredibly unmistakable presence of Chopin’s welcoming spirit, throughout my visit and while I played my concert. It was an affirming and extraordinary feeling.” Carmichael also played premieres of a rare Liszt work entitled “Salve Polonia,” in Poland and the U.S. under the auspices of the Liszt Society of Poland and the Polish Arts and Culture Foundation.

Cost: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students

Mathew Chacko


Incarnation Church
1750 29th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122-4223
Phone: 415.564.2324