“As Weber conquered Liszt, she also conquered the audience … Her performance of the Etudes was indeed transcendent.” San Francisco Chronicle
“There may now be several fire-eating piano virtuosos who can execute the original notes, but few can liberate the prophetic music [of the Liszt Etudes] as masterfully as Janice Weber does here.” Time
Janice Weber returns to Ogunquit to play one of these “ferociously difficult” Liszt Etudes, as well as works by Beethoven, Czerny, Grieg, and Schumann.
“Weber’s grasp of the musical language outshone even her technique, which is high praise on a program as challenging as hers.” Washington Post
Refreshments will be served.
TICKETS are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, $25 Series, and $5 student, and may be purchased at the Dunaway Center, Ogunquit Camera Shop, Ogunquit Welcome Center, and Arts Ogunquit Building.
A summa cum laude graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Janice Weber has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, National Gallery of Art, and Boston’s Symphony Hall. She has appeared with the Boston Pops, Chautauqua Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Hilton Head Orchestra, Sarajevo Philharmonic, and Syracuse Symphony. She has performed at the Bard, Newport, La Gesse, Husum, and Monadnock summer festivals and has twice toured China under the auspices of the American Liszt Society.
Her world premiere recording of Liszt’s 1838 Transcendental Etudes elicited acclaim from Time Magazine: “Liszt later simplified these pieces into the still ferociously difficult Transcendental Etudes (1852 version) for fear that no one else could play them. There may now be several fire-eating piano virtuosos who can execute the original notes, but few can liberate the prophetic music they contain as masterfully as Janice Weber does here.”
Miss Weber recorded Liszt’s last Hungarian Rhapsody, one of only two living pianists to be included in a compendium of historic performances by nineteen legendary artists. This disc subsequently won the International Liszt Prize.
Her recordings also include Rachmaninoff’s complete transcriptions; with the Lydian Quartet, Leo Ornstein’s vast Piano Quintet; flute and piano works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert; and waltz transcriptions of Godowsky, Rosenthal, and Friedman.
Her Naxos recording of Leo Ornstein’s radical works introduced the charismatic composer to a worldwide audience. She is heard in Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time on Ongaku Records and her newest disc, Cascade of Roses (Dorian Sono Luminus),features works of twenty-one composers from Adolf Jensen to Billy Mayerl.
She is a member of the piano faculty at Boston Conservatory and MIT.
Miss Weber is also a published author. Her novels, most of which have something to do with music, have a worldwide following. She also produced the tones for Ivory, the worldwide bestselling virtual piano software.