Paul Smith Solo Piano Recital

August 13th, 2019 - 5:18pm


Benefit Concert for Contemporary Opera Marin

The Other Beethoven

In Memoriam, Dear Ludwig
Emeritus faculty member Paul Smith presents his annual piano recital to benefit Contemporary Opera Marin and the inaugural concert of his The Other Beethoven, a six-concert series exploring lesser-known or well-known works in unknown versions, to celebrate the 250th birthday of the great master. This year’s program is devoted to works written expressly for Beethoven’s funeral on March 26, 1827 or to raise funds for the memorial statue erected in Bonn to commemorate his 75th birthday.

Franz Liszt
Bonn Beethoven Kantate, S.507

Carl Czerny/Franz Grillparzer
Marcia Funebre, opus 146

Felix Mendelssohn
Variations sérieuses, opus 54

Frederic Chopin
Prelude, opus 45

Robert Schumann
Fantasie in C, opus 17

Friday, March 27, 2020 — 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 29, 2020 — 2 pm

Lefort Recital Hall / PA72
Performing Arts Building


Saturday, March 28, 2020 — 7 pm
Muir Beach Community Center
19 Seacape Dr., Muir Beach


Sunday, March 29, 2020 — 7 pm
The Dance Palace
503 B Street, Point Reyes Station

Free admission. Free parking.

Pianist Paul Smith, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, received his education at the Royal College of Music in London and the Vienna Hochschule für Musik, as well as Dominican College of San Rafael. A winner of national and international piano competitions, and a participant in the U.S. State Department’s Artistic Ambassador program, he also served as music director for famed Russian choreographer Leonid Massine. Since 1976 he has devoted himself to the cultural life of Marin County, California, through solo piano, concerto and chamber music performances, directing several new music ensembles, and is the artistic director of Contemporary Opera Marin, which has received international acclaim for its production of contemporary works and rediscovered gems of past centuries. He is the director of classical music for radio station KWMR Point Reyes Station, and the founder and artistic director of the Music From Marin Chamber Players, bringing world-class musical performances to communities throughout Marin County. Paul was recently awarded the Sali Lieberman Award for contributions to the cultural life of Marin County. He now divides his artistic life between Marin County, California, and Gulfport, Florida.