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Jeremy Denk “Interviews” Sarah Palin in advance of his Carnegie debut

“Bracing, effortlessly virtuosic, and utterly joyous” – New York Times

November 11, Jeremy Denk will make his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut
in Zankel Hall as part of its “Keyboard Virtuosos III: Keynotes”
series, playing a program of Beethoven and Ives. Mr. Denk has chosen to
pair two of the piano repertoire’s most monumental works for his
recital: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106,
“Hammerklavier”, and Charles Ives’s Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord,
Mass., 1840-60”. In the introduction to his Essays Before a Sonata, Ives explained that his work was an:

impression of the spirit of transcendentalism that is associated in the
minds of many with Concord, Massachusetts of over a half century ago.
This is undertaken in impressionistic pictures of Emerson and Thoreau,
a sketch of the Alcotts, and a scherzo supposed to reflect a lighter
quality which is often found in the fantastic side of Hawthorne.

June 2007, Mr. Denk performed Ives’s “Concord” Sonata at Carnegie Hall
as a prelude to a concert of Beethoven and Ives by the Emerson String
Quartet. Commenting on Mr. Denk’s performance in the New York Times,
James Oestreich wrote that: “Mr. Denk’s brilliant performance made the
most of the contrast between Ives’s bullying textures and the abrupt
transcendent or comic effusions.”

Jeremy Denk will
return to Carnegie Hall on December 13 as part of “Bernstein: The Best
of All Possible Worlds”, the Hall’s festival celebrating the 90th
anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth and the 50th anniversary of
his appointment as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Mr.
Denk joins superstar mezzo Susan Graham, baritone Rod Gilfry,
conductor/pianist Robert Spano, and other special guests for a program
that includes some of Berstein’s most memorable art songs and chamber

For more details and a full concert schedule, please visit Jeremy Denk’s web site at:, and read his “interview” with Sarah Palin at “Think Denk” – a popular online music destination – at:

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Nov 11
Carnegie Hall / Zankel Hall

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier”
Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord, Mass., 1840-60”

Dec 13
Carnegie Hall / Zankel Hall

All Bernstein Program
Robert Spano, conductor and pianist
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Rod Gilfry, baritone
Ricardo Morales, clarinet
Jeremy Denk, piano
Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic

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