Four hands, one piano, gallic flair
There are two types of piano duets. A piano duo is two performers on two instruments, while piano for four hands is two players on one instrument. It’s the latter that will take center stage at White Horse Black Mountain on Sunday, Feb. 26 when pianists Elizabeth Borowsky and Daniel Weiser of AmiciMusic present “French Four Hand Frolic” on the venue’s grand piano.
Listeners will be treated to compositions by Fauré, Chabrier, Satie, Poulenc and Milhaud, culminating in a new arrangement of Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.”
Weiser is the founder and artistic director of AmiciMusic, which was launched in 2011 as a vehicle for showcasing chamber music in ways that break down barriers between performer and audience. The concerts are often held in unconventional spaces in a relaxed, informal atmosphere, with informative talks about the music and composers before each piece is played. The welcoming, cabaret-like ambiance of White Horse Black Mountain has proved to be a good fit for numerous past AmiciMusic concerts.
Pianist Weiser is a powerful performer who plays with authority in a range of genres. One of the few concert pianists who can count former President Obama as a Harvard Law School colleague, Weiser chose a musical path instead that has taken him around the the country and the world. He earned his doctorate in piano and chamber music from the Peabody Conservatory and has taught at Dartmouth College, UNC Asheville and Johns Hopkins University. A former Asheville resident, he now lives in Baltimore where he’s launched a second AmiciMusic series.
The other pair of hands on the program belong to Elizabeth Borowsky, an international performer, composer, educator, speaker and recording artist. Her vibrant performances and engaging musical personality draw audiences into the moment, dismissing any notion of classical music as an elite relic of the past.
Borowsky is well known for her dedication to developing young talent through Piano Prodigies LLC, which promotes a holistic and individual approach to musical learning. She is also a registered yoga instructor and enjoys culinary improvisation, photography, and traveling with her husband, Rob.
Four hands, one mind
Who: Elizabeth Borowsky and Daniel Weiser
When: 3 p.m. Feb. 26
Where: White Horse Black Mountain
Cost: $15 advance, $20 door