Festivals & Series

Clayton Stephenson, piano

Part of the Skyline Piano Artist Series

Friday, November 1, 2024 at 7:30pm CDT

Galvin Recital Hall

“Stephenson is not just a remarkable virtuoso, but a poet, a dramatist and a master story-teller.” —Gramophone

American pianist Clayton Stephenson’s love for music is immediately apparent in his joyous charisma onstage, expressive power, and natural ease at the instrument. Hailed for “extraordinary narrative and poetic gifts” and interpretations that are “fresh, incisive and characterfully alive” (Gramophone), he is committed to making an impact on the world through his music. In addition to being the first Black finalist at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2022, he has been named a 2022 Gilmore Young Artist, a 2017 U. S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. Recent highlights of Stephenson’s burgeoning career include appearances with the Calgary Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta, and the Fort Worth, Louisville, Lansing, and North Carolina Symphony Orchestras. He has been featured on NPR, WUOL, and WQXR, and appeared in the “GRAMMY® Salute to Classical Music” Concert at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.

J. S. Bach (arr. Ferruccio Busoni), Chaconne
Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
Isaac Albéniz, Iberia, Book 1
Igor Stravinsky, Petrushka

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Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall


70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Located in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this 400-seat hall features a 40-foot glass wall offering views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Undulating walls of Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood, covered with a thin layer of African moabi wood, provide optimal acoustics, and the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment for recording.