GREENWICH, Conn. – Christopher Kabala, minister of music at Round Hill Community Church for the past 20 years, will present his final concert, “A Musical Feast,” on Friday, June 3 at 8 p.m. at the church.
Kabala will play a varied program of works by Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Ives and Ravel. The two featured works will be Beethoven’s Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” and Maurice Ravel's “Gaspard de la Nuit.” The “Appassionata” is one of Beethoven’s most violent and passionate works and it has been said that he loved it above all others.
Ravel's “Gaspard de la Nuit” ranks as one of the most highly original, imaginative, evocative and technically difficult works in the entire piano repertory. Its composer made no bones about this surreal, hallucinatory music, describing it as “three romantic poems of transcendental virtuosity” in which he deliberately set out to surpass even Balakirev’s notorious “Islamey” in terms of technical difficulty.
A reception will follow “A Musical Feast.”
Kabala has been active as a performer, teacher and lecturer throughout the U.S. as well as Mexico, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria and Germany. He holds a master’s degree in musicl from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he was a student of Konrad Wolff and Leon Fleisher.
Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $5 for students. Click here to purchase tickets or call 203-869-1091.
Round Hill Community Church is located at 395 Round Hill Road, Greenwich.