Piano Day 2017

featuring Piano Circus

29 March 2017 / 13:00, 18:00
Booking not required
Founded by Nils Frahm, Piano Day returns for the third year running, with six beautiful Feurich grand pianos adorning the foyer of the Barbican for a day of special performances and world premieres.

Taking place on the 88th day of the year, since there are 88 keys on a piano keyboard, this is a celebration of one of the world’s most versatile, gorgeous and iconic instruments. With events taking place all over the world, the Barbican welcomes two free concerts from keyboard sextet Piano Circus, including a world premiere of a piece by composer Angus MacRae, as well as Nils Frahm’s Hammers; Steve Reich’s Six Pianos; David Lang’s Face So Pale; Max Richter’s Mazuzu Dream and Graham Fitkin’s Log.

For those already in love with the piano, this is a chance to be completely immersed in its miraculous sound. But perhaps more importantly, this is an opportunity to introduce new people to piano music, to promote piano playing in public places, and to inspire new piano players of all ages and abilities – to continue to share the age-old joy of piano playing.

Afternoon Concert, 1pm

Piano Circus Graham Fitkin
Terry RileyKeyboard Study no. 2 (arr. Richard Harris)
Angus MacRaeThrough Shadows (world premiere)
Nils FrahmHammers (arr. Piano Circus)
David Lang Face So Pale
Graham Fitkin Log

Evening concert, 6pm

Piano Circus Angus MacRae
Through Shadows (world premiere)
Nils FrahmHammers (arr. Piano Circus)
Steve ReichSix Pianos
David Lang Face So Pale
Graham Fitkin Log
This event is part of:
Produced by the Barbican in association with Manners McDade and in partnership with Spotify

With thanks to Feurich Pianos & Carsten Schulz, Piano Circus and Angus MacRae

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