Karen Kushner Plays Chopin for Vesper Concert Series


March 8th, 2017

Omaha, NE—Vesper Concerts is in its 28th year, and this Sunday’s (March 12) performance at Presbyterian Church of the Cross will host pianist, Karen Kushner. Vesper Concerts features both locally and nationally recognized musicians, bringing the audience and performers together in an intimate setting.

Kristi Treu, executive director of Vesper Concerts, explained what makes the series unique.

“Vesper Concert Series is an incredibly valuable gift to the Omaha community,” she said. “It’s a chance to hear incredibly talented musicians for free, and not only that, it’s a smaller venue. So say for instance you’re going to hear something at our venue, you can sit right up front—just get a really great view, and I think be even more involved in a performance.”

Kushner is a professor of piano at the University of Missouri Kansas City as well a solo and chamber music performer. She attended The Juilliard School and Northwestern University and has performed internationally. Kushner has described herself, writing, “I am a pianist and I recreate myths and fairy-tales through sound. I sculpt tones, I dance rhythms, I paint aural poetry. My hope is that people will listen, wide-eyed and enthralled, and take the musical stories they love best into their hearts.”

“She is playing a program of all Chopin’s music,” Treu said. “Chopin, of course, is known for his piano music. That’s what he composed mostly, and she’s playing a wide variety of his music—some Polish dances, mazurkas, polonaise, and she’s playing a couple of his nocturnes and a ballade.”

According to Treu, however, there’s no need to prejudge.

“I asked her about program notes, and she said that she does not usually include program notes in her concerts,” Treu said. “Instead of telling the audience ahead of time what they should listen for or think or feel, she believes strongly in just letting the listeners decide for themselves to bring to it whatever it is that they imagine or hear.”

Karen Kushner will be performing Chopin’s piano pieces Sunday, March 12, at the Prebyterian Church of the Cross as part of the Vesper Concert series. For more information, visit Vesperconcerts.org.






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