Golka to perform in BMC concert

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Music Center Chamber Series welcomes pianist Adam Golka on Sunday, Nov. 21.

The concert, scheduled for 4 p.m. at the BMC, will include Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, op. 81a “Les Adieux,” as well as Kapustin's Concert Etude Op. 40 No. 7: Intermezzo ; Golka's own Relevant Etude; Bacewicz's Sonata No. 2; and Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178.

Golka first performed all of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas when he was 18 years old, and he considers the 32 masterpieces to have been his saving grace during the Covid crisis.

“The reason I can't stay away from Beethoven is that he put himself through absolute hell in an attempt to marry the rawest expressions of his subconscious to the unattainable ideals of his mind,” the Polish American pianist said in a news release.

“No other composer before or since has been willing to explore this internal warfare as deeply as he did, and I constantly feel that I'll somehow redeem myself by surrendering to the fight which is at the core of performing his works.”

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