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Concert Pianist Buechner Wows At Barnes Hall

  • The Cornell Daily Sun

Solo piano concerts have come to hold a dual, contradictory status. They are ubiquitous in classical circles, where they serve didactic and diagnostic purposes through competitions and senior recitals. They’re also something of an anachronism in the contemporary sonic landscape, where digital listening threatens its live counterpart. Last Wednesday night, pianist Sara Davis Buechner brought something essential back to the Barnes Hall stage that too often eludes the musically inclined among us: humility.

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Poderosa ‘La fuerza de la tierra’

  • Fundacion Nacional

“La fuerza de la tierra’’ fue el título que abrazó el primer concierto de la nueva temporada de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico. Después de la exitosa participación de la orquesta en el Festival Casals, la Sala Sinfónica del Centro de Bellas Artes de Santurce, vibraba en la espera del delicioso menú que ofrecía el programa del pasado sábado 28, el cual estuvo salpicado del poder que tienen la melancolía y la tristeza en los grandes creadores.

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Concert review: Beethoven and Bernstein collide at Symphony Hall

  • Mass Live

SPRINGFIELD — The bucolic charm of the German countryside vied for attention with urban American angst Saturday evening as Maestro Kevin Rhodes and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra presented a contrasting double bill of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral” and Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety,” featuring pianist Sara Davis Buechner.

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Pianist Sara Davis Buechner at the National Gallery

  • The Washington Post

As if to prove that her music-making wasn’t all fireworks and technical wizardry, pianist Sara Davis Buechner opened her program at the National Gallery on Sunday with Mozart’s brief and youthful E-Flat Major Sonata, K 282 in a reading that opened almost languidly, proceeded with beautifully calculated ornamentation and rhythmic elasticity and concluded with cheerful simplicity.

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An Evolving Country Begins to Accept Sara, Once David

  • The New York Times

As David Buechner, born in the northwest suburbs of Baltimore in 1959, I became an internationally known concert pianist. But from the time I was a child, I understood that I was meant to be Sara. In those days, there was no information nor discussion of anything outside the heterosexual template. Nor were there role models for transgender children.

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Finesse and Fury from the Canton Symphony

  • ARTWACH

It is always something of a letdown when Maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann doesn’t preface a program selection at a Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) concert with his special brand of wit, sardonic or otherwise. Ever the engaging raconteur, he didn’t disappoint on the occasion of the December 2 performance at Umstattd Hall.

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Florida Orchestra, soloist Buechner bring authenticity to ‘Anxiety’

  • Tampa Bay Times

No, you don’t have to read W.H. Auden’s long, impenetrable, Pulitzer Prize-winning poem The Age of Anxiety to understand what inspired Leonard Bernstein to compose a piece for solo piano and orchestra with the same title for his second symphony. Sara Davis Buechner has already done the work for the audience. “I certainly read the poem, more in terms of getting the general atmosphere of it,” says Buechner, the piano soloist with the Florida Orchestra this weekend. “I think Bernstein saw his life in New York in the poem.”

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Oakland East Bay Symphony features renowned pianist Sara Davis Buechner

  • Oakland North

Buechner began by playing “The Age of Anxiety,” a highly energetic piece from Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, just one of a number of pieces the symphony had chosen for their New World A-Comin’ concert, which took place on November 4. The show featured an array of music by American composers like Duke Ellington and George Gershwin, as well as by the Argentinian Alberto Ginastera.

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