Sunday Salon Mini-Series, Part II: Chopin in Black and White and Technicolor

Sunday, May 7, 2023 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Congregational Church on Mercer Island
4545 Island Crest Way
Mercer Island
WA 98040
$10 for Members / $30 for General Admission / Student pricing available

 Chopin in black and white and technicolor

The music of Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) has captured the hearts, ears, and emotions of music lovers across generations and geographies. Part concert, part talk, “Chopin in Black and White and Technicolor” is the final Sunday Salon Series event for this season. Award-winning LMC pianist Diana Gao introduces Chopin’s rarely heard Ballade No. 2 in F Major, with its stark black-and-white contrasts. Musicologist Dr. Larry Starr then explores the Ballade, as well as Chopin’s popular Fantaisie in F minor, a free-flowing musical kaleidoscope, with Gao’s musical illustrations on the piano. The Salon concludes with another presentation of the Ballade — this time with new ears — and a full performance of the Fantaisie, followed by Q&A with both Larry and Diana. Whether you’re a lifelong Chopin fan or just being introduced, you’ll be sure to walk away with new ways to hear these timeless pieces. Tickets are $30 for General Admission and $10 for LMC members.

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Tickets and more event details are found HERE. Tickets are $10 for LMC Members and $30 for General Admission.

About the Presenters

Dr. Larry Starr
Photo: Steve Korn / UW School of Music

Larry Starr holds the title Professor Emeritus of American Music Studies at the University of Washington School of Music, where he taught for more than four decades. He retired from university teaching in 2018, but he continues to speak on music at the Seattle Symphony (pre-concert talks), the Women’s University Club (Seattle), and now the Ladies’ Musical Club. He has written books on Charles Ives’s music, Aaron Copland’s songs, George Gershwin’s Broadway musicals, and most recently Listening to Bob Dylan, and is the coauthor of a textbook on American popular music. Larry’s advisees have gone on to distinguished careers in teaching, research, and arts administration—a noteworthy recent example being Whitney Henderson, LMC’s own Executive Director.

Diana Gao began studying the piano at age 4. She received a bachelor’s degree in International Broadcasting Journalism and a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment from top universities in China. Then she moved to the US in 2013 and earned her MBA degree at the University of Washington (UW). She’s now a Senior Marketing Manager at Microsoft. Although she has pursued a career outside of music, the piano has remained aDiana Gao significant mainstay in her life. For years, she has consistently cultivated her passion through regular lessons and performances. She is currently studying with Dr. Robin McCabe from the UW, and she’s a prizewinner in many competitions, including Gold Medalist of the Seattle International Piano Competition, and First Prize in the “Golden Classical Music Awards” International Competition, which earned her a solo performance at the Carnegie Hall. She has also performed at the prestigious Piano Texas International Festival. Since 2020, she has presented annual fundraising recitals through the Microsoft Give campaign, raising thousands of dollars in support of local non-profit organizations. Those events reinforced her belief that music has the power to inspire change and make the world a better place.