Local pianist Michael Brady is back with his annual New Year’s Day holiday recital on Friday (Jan. 1) — this time in a virtual performance on the Zoom platform.
The recital, which Brady said will last 30 to 45 minutes, will be at 4:30 p.m.
Brady will play pieces by Bach, which he says is a departure from his previous recitals.
“I’ve never played Bach before in public — Bach fancified and reimagined by Liszt, yes, but not Bach’s original keyboard works because I’ve always thought they were too austere, almost harsh, and their musical pleasures were too fleeting and subtle to include in a recital program,” Brady said in an email. “But in this year of COVID, Bach’s music has been just right.”
Brady will also play two pieces by Tchaikovsky, “Three-horse Sleigh Ride” and “Christmas,” and will close with a fugue by Scarlatti, “the melody of which was written by his beloved cat, Pulchinella, walking across the keyboard of his harpsichord,” Brady said.
Email Brady at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on New Year’s Day for a link to the concert.