French programs in Paley’s September festival

“En Français” is the theme of this year’s Alexander Paley Music Festival, Sept. 27-29 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway.

The Paley Festival, first staged in Richmond in 1998, features the Moldavan-born, Russian-schooled pianist performing solo and chamber music with his wife and duo and four-hands piano partner, the Taiwan-born pianist Pei-wen Chen, and casts of Richmond-based and international musicians.

In this fall’s festival, Paley will present a solo program on Sept. 27. On Sept. 28 he will be joined by Amiram Ganz, an Uruguay-born French violinist whom Paley has known and performed with since they were students at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In the third concert on Sept. 28, Paley and Chen will play duo-piano works.

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Programs for this fall’s festival:

Sept. 27 (7:30 p.m.)
Alexander Paley, piano
Debussy: 12 études
Ravel: “Le Tombeau de Couperin”

Sept. 28 (7:30 p.m.)
Amiram Ganz, violin
Alexander Paley, piano
Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75
Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 102
Ravel: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor (“Sonate Posthume”)
Ravel: Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major

Sept. 29 (3 p.m.)
Alexander Paley & Pei-wen Chen, piano duo
Cécile Chaminade: “Valse carnavalesque,” Op. 73
Ravel: “La Valse”
Chaminade: “Duo symphonique,” Op. 117
Ravel: “Rapsodie espagnole”

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