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Daniel Glover performing 'Evening of Music' at Livermore church

Pianist to play and analyze music by Liszt, American composers

Valley Concert Chorale pianist Daniel Glover will perform "An Evening of Music" to benefit the chorus at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 16) at the First Presbyterian Church in Livermore.

The concert of piano masterpieces will have two parts, with Glover sharing the history and an analysis of each piece.

The first half will be devoted to Franz Liszt, the prolific 19th century Hungarian composer, beginning with his "Six consolations." Next will be Liszt's Sonata in B minor, a 30-minute piece in one movement -- a technical and interpretive challenge for a pianist. This was a seminal work in Romantic piano literature.

The second half of the program will be devoted to works by great Americans, including Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

Glover will also introduce unfamiliar music by the lesser known composer Beryl Rubinstein, who was formerly the director of the Cleveland Institute of Music and was a contemporary of Gershwin and Copland. This will include Rubinstein's transcription of one of Gershwin's songs from "Porgy and Bess."

Glover has been the accompanist for Valley Concert Chorale since 1998 and has appeared regularly with 18 Bay Area orchestras.

He holds a master's degree from Juillard School in New York, and has performed in 42 states and 25 countries. His 1992 Carnegie Hall recital in New York was a result of winning the Artist's International Competition. He also has recorded eight CDs on the DG2 label, including "Franz Liszt, The Profound and the Profane" in 2008.

Tickets for "An Evening of Music" are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. First Presbyterian Church is located at 2020 Fifth St. in Livermore. Visit www.valleyconcertchorale.org or call 866-4003.

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