Music to heal a troubled world

Westport resident, Dalia Lazar, will perform two free concerts at Pequot Library Sunday, Feb. 8 and 15, from 4-5 p.m. An internationally recognized pianist, Lazar, will perform a cycle of six Beethoven sonatas. The program for Sunday, Feb. 8 is: Moonlight, Pathetique Les Adieux, Quasi Una Fantasia; and for Sunday, Feb. 15: Waldstein and Appassionata. The public is invited to enjoy one concert or both.

When asked why Lazar chose Beethoven she said, “I’ve studied his music since I was a child and have felt a close affinity to this composer, and his ideals of believing in humanity and his great ideals of freedom of thought and the individual. People are comforted by his music and attracted to the thought behind his music.”

Born in Croatia, Dalia Lazar began studying piano at an early age. Immediately after her graduation from the Moscow Conservatory, Ms. Lazar decided to continue her career in New York and London where she studied with Karl Urlich Schnabel and Maria Curcio.

As a finalist in the New York Concert Artist Guild Competition, Lazar made her New York debut at Rubenstein Hall, followed by her Carnegie Recital Hall debut. Since then she has performed a broad repertoire as a soloist in concerts and recitals worldwide, including the United States, Russia, Venezuela, Israel, Switzerland, Croatia, Mexico and Romania. Her chamber music repertoire includes the works for violin and piano duo and piano trio, which she performed extensively with her late husband, violinist Lucian Lazar. Her recent CD includes works by Schumann and Chopin.

While she was being interviewed by Pequot Library for this article the subject of the recent tragedy in France came up. Lazar said while practicing for the concerts she felt, “ . . . so much for what is happening in France. I found so much comfort in practicing these sonatas.”

Lazar went on to say, “Beethoven wrote in 1789, coming from the French Revolution. His amazing thoughts and belief in mankind, that’s what his music is about. He lived in turbulent times and his music is about freedom of human thought and hope.”

Dalia Lazar’s playing has been well received by critics, who have characterized her performance as “such noble playing,” (Yediot Achronot, Tel Aviv), “un sentimento profundo” (Panorama, Venezuela), “virtuosismo y impecable fraseo” (El Nacional, Venezuela), “that rare combination of charisma, personality and terrific pianistic facility” (pianist Tzimon Barto), and “…an inspiring display of musical excellence” (Daily Republic).

For more information about the musician, visit dalialazar.com.

This concert is presented by the Lazar Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Lazar lives in Westport.

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