Festivals & Series

CANCELED: José Ramón Méndez, piano

Skyline Piano Artist Series

Friday, May 1, 2020 at 7:30pm CDT

Galvin Recital Hall

For the health and safety of the Bienen School community and our valued patrons, this event has been canceled.

"The Spanish pianist of his generation"
—Hoja del Lunes de Madrid

José Ramón Méndez’s career gained international recognition when he performed Liszt's first piano concerto under the direction of Sergiu Comissiona at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Since then, he has concertized extensively in his native Spain, the United States, Italy, England, Portugal, Holland, and Japan to great acclaim. Recent performance highlights include Chopin's first piano concerto with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra and Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the Nittany Valley Symphony. As a chamber musician, Méndez has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Karl Leister, Itzhak Perlman, Michael Tree, Pascual Martinez-Nieto, and Pinchas Zukerman. With his poetry, intellect, and masterful technique, he has been praised by critics and celebrated by audiences around the world.

J. S. Bach (arr. Ferruccio Busoni), Chorale Prelude Ich ruf zu dir
J. S. Bach (trans. Franz Liszt), Prelude and Fugue in A Minor
Franz Schubert (arr. Franz Liszt), "Ständchen" and "Gretchen am Spinnrade"
César Franck (arr. Harold Bauer), Prélude, Fugue, et Variation
Alexander Scriabin, Sonatas No. 2 in G-sharp Minor and No. 4 in F-sharp Major and selected mazurkas and preludes

Due to overwhelming demand, Skyline Piano Artist Series subscriptions are sold out. Single tickets are $30 for the general public and $10 for students with valid ID.

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.