It may have indeed been written to commemorate La vie moderne (“Modern Life,”) but composer Darius Milhaud could scarcely have imagined that in the Modern Life of 2020, his two-piano romp would require four fleet fingers to be perfectly in sync not just a few feet away from each other….but in fact many hundreds of miles!
Milhaud’s, er, “infectious” piece, masterfully realized by pianists Beilin Han (in Chicago), and Rohan De Silva (800 miles away in New York!) was part of the Institute’s popular annual PianoPalooza, where the stage belongs to our outstanding cadre of faculty collaborative artists, who perform both in solo and multi-player combinations. Pandemic or not, the PianoPalooza tradition was true to form for #VirtualHeifetz2020, with all 12 keyboard artists performing on the virtual stage as part of Rubato: The Heifetz Virtual Concert Hall. Look for more news about upcoming Rubato programs during the 2020-21 season, while you marvel at the keyboard magic!