Salon Series: Pianist Inna Faliks

Photo: Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Salon Series, the Parrish Art Museum’s  concert program featuring world-class artists performing in an intimate, casual setting, presents Polonaise-fantasie: The Story of a Pianist—a unique program of words and music on Friday, May 11. Critically acclaimed pianist Inna Faliks will read from her memoire of a childhood in Odessa amid the Ukraine-Russian conflict and immigration to the United States, between performances of music by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and modern Russian composers that played an integral role in her life. Faliks, who is head of the piano department at UCLA, dedicates the program to “anyone who has ever left a place in search of a better life.”

Faliks’s program addresses her personal experiences with anti-Semitism, bullying, immigration and adjusting in a new country—as well as her seminal early influences and evolution as an artist. “I knew I was a musician long before I knew I was Jewish, Ukrainian, or Soviet,” she said. Each spoken excerpt alternates with a masterpiece of the piano repertoire that is closely connected to her life story.

The program begins with the dramatic modern piece, Basso Ostinato (2000), the best-known work for solo piano by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, followed by J.S. Bach’s lyrical and meditative Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor. Faliks returns to the Russian composers with Ballade in Black and White, a work composed expressly for her in 2006 by Jan Freidlin. She continues with Mozart’s popular Fantasy in D minor, and short pieces by Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt. Following a brief intermission, Faliks plays the complete Bagatelles (Op. 126) by Ludwig van Beethoven—“character pieces” meant to evoke specific moods, moments, and ideas.

Inna Faliks, who performed at Salon Series in 2015, made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 15. She has performed at major venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’s Salle Cortot, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, and at music festivals around the world. She is a tenured professor at UCLA, Herb Albert School of Music, and studied with Leon Fleisher, Boris Petrushansky, Gilbert Kalish, Ann Schein, and Emilio del Rosario.

Any seat not filled by 6:30 pm will be released to those on the wait list.

Other Salon Series Performances:

Dorian Wind Quintet, April 27, 6 pm

Pianist Drew Petersen, May 4, 6 pm

New Docta, May 18, 6 pm

Seating is limited; advance registration is required.

Salon Series is generously supported by Susan and Louis K. Meisel, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, The Jeannette and H. Peter Kriendler Charitable Trust,  Concert Artists Guild, and Pro Musicis, and sponsored by Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.
Friday nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, BNB Bank, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.
Salon Series: Pianist Inna Faliks
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 6:00pm
ticket group
$25 | $10 for Members, Children, and Students
Includes Museum admission
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