Gary Goodman, a local virtuoso on the piano, is proud to offer Westchester families a benefit concert on Sunday, May 7 at The Church of St. Mary The Virgin in Chappaqua from 2-4 pm. The Church is located at 191 South Greeley Avenue in Chappaqua. The Church will be accepting $ 10.00 donations at the concert to benefit the Ossining Food Pantry.
This recital will be the seventh solo piano concert in his series “The 32 Piano Sonatas of Beethoven,” a multi-year musical project that Mr. Goodman began back in 2010. The program includes Sonatas from Beethoven’s early, middle and late periods; Sonata No.16 in G, Op.31,No. 1, Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight), Sonata No.6 in F, Op.10 No.2 and Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110.
Beethoven’s Sonata in G Op.31, the sister sonata of Tempest, is a rarity among the 32 sonatas in that it is seldom played in concert. By contrast, the Moonlight, completed in the same year (1801) is one of the most frequently played, with its opening movement among the best-known in all classical music. Compare these with the Haydn-esque F major Sonata and the mature masterpiece that is Op.110, the cycle’s penultimate work, and one gets a sense of the great variety that will be presented.
A resident of Briarcliff Manor, Mr. Goodman earned his Masters of Music at Juilliard under Mr. Josef Raieff. Mr. Goodman’s performance experience ranges from playing numerous concerto engagements in his native Southern California to solo performances at Alice Tully Hall, and at Weill Recital Hall; From a performance in Sao Paulo, Brazil to a broadcasted recital in Washington D.C. at the prestigious Phillips Collection Series. Gary’s New York City debut in 1987 won critical acclaim by New York Times. He was a Semi-finalist in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition (1980).
Locally, Gary continues to teach private and group lessons and is a member of the Westchester Musicians Guild. Besides performing benefits for The Church of St. Mary The Virgin, Mr. Goodman has also performed benefits for Midnight Run, Episcopal Haitian Relief Effort, as well as The St. Theresa School in Briarcliff. He has also performed at The Emelin Theater.
For more information on this benefit concert, please call 914-238-8751, email [email protected] or visit the website at http://parish-office.wix.com/smtv.