Midtown Series
 Fridays at 8pm

 Signature Series
 Saturdays at 8pm
 Oakland Series
 Sundays at 3pm

Fri, Sept. 16, 2016
 Vijay Iyer, piano
 solo jazz concert

Sat, Sept. 17, 2016
 Brentano String Quartet
 Vijay Iyer, piano

Sat, Oct. 8, 2016
 Juilliard String Quartet
 at Seligman

Sun, Oct. 9, 2016
 Juilliard String Quartet
 Tian Tian, piano

Fri, Oct. 21, 2016
 Harlem Quartet
 Aldo López-Gavilán, piano

Sun, Nov. 13, 2016
 Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
 Kevin Murphy, piano

Sat, Nov. 19, 2016
 Alexander Ghindin, piano
 solo piano recital

Sat, Dec. 3, 2016
 Cavani Quartet
 Celino Romero, guitar

Fri, Dec. 9, 2016
 Robert Siemers, piano
 solo piano recital

Fri, Jan. 20, 2017
 Pacifica Quartet

Sat, Jan. 21, 2017
 Pacifica Quartet
 Christopher O'Riley, piano

Sun, Jan. 22, 2017
 Christopher O'Riley, piano
 solo piano recital

Sat, Feb. 11, 2017
 Danish String Quartet

Fri, Mar. 10, 2017
 Imani Winds
 "Classically Improvised"

Sun, Mar. 12, 2017
 Imani Winds
 "Tradition and Innovation"

Sun, Apr. 2, 2017
 Celino Romero & Friends

Sat, Apr. 8, 2017
 Anthony Marwood, violin
 Aleksandar Madzar, piano

Fri, May 5, 2017
 Lise de la Salle, piano
 solo piano recital


6 Lise de la Salle

Lise de la Salle, piano
Friday, May 5, 2017, 8pm

480 W Hancock, Midtown Detroit
Old Main Building, Wayne State University

In just a few years, through her international concert appearances and her award-winning Naïve recordings, 26 year-old French-born pianist Lise de la Salle has established a reputation as one of today's most exciting young artists, and as a musician of uncommon sensibility and maturity.  Her playing inspired a Washington Post critic to write, “For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe...the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second until her hands came off the keyboard.”

During the 2015-2016 season, Ms. de la Salle is heard with leading orchestras in London, Paris, Munich, Tokyo, Baltimore, Detroit and Quebec.  She has also appeared with the Boston, Chicago and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras and four times with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  A sought-after recitalist, she has been captivating enthusiastic audiences and critics in major series in New York, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, and at the Philharmonie in Berlin, Wigmore Hall in London and the Louvre in Paris.

Making her Detroit recital debut, Ms. De la Salle performs a program around the theme of love and love lost. The all-Romantic first half also revolves around Franz Liszt.  In addition to Liszt’s dazzling transcriptions of songs by Schumann and Schubert, the program includes Schumann’s Fantasy in C major which, while first inspired by the composer’s love for Clara Wieck, was ultimately dedicated to Franz Liszt and performed at an event designed to raise money for a monument to Beethoven that was championed and supported by Liszt.  The second half of her program consists of Prokofiev’s brilliant piano arrangement of ten movements from his ballet “Romero and Juliet.”

"She might just be the most exciting young artist in classical music right now."

Pioneer Press

“A pianist of steel... Her fingers are long, slender and very fast, very accurate, dazzlingly percussive… so complete a performance that all that was lacking was an encore. ”

Los Angeles Times


Schumann/Arr. Liszt: Liebeslied (Widmung)
Schumann/Arr. Liszt: Frühlingsnacht
Schubert/Arr. LisztStändchen
Schumann: Fantasy in C major, Op. 17
Prokofiev: Ten Pieces for Piano from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75


Lise de la Salle occupies the Diane L. and John A. Kaplan Endowed Chair in Piano Performance.

This concert is presented with support from