LEWISTON — Henry Kramer, an accomplished member of the new generation of American pianists and a former Maine resident, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8 at the Franco-American Heritage Center in the fifth recital of this season’s Piano Series.
The first half of the program features Schubert's “Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 120,” Chopin's “Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52,” and Brahms “Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35 (Book I).” Following the intermission, Kramer will perform two major works by Prokofiev: “Piano-Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80” and “Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82.” Canadian violinist Cordelia Paw will join Kramer in performing the piano-violin sonata.
Kramer, a 2005 graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School, went on to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Juilliard School of Music and is currently completing his study for the Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music.
Kramer was originally drawn to the piano at age 11, when he discovered that he could play by ear his favorite songs from radio and the movies. He didn’t take piano playing seriously, however, until his family moved to Cape Elizabeth a year later, and he began lessons with Elizabeth Manduca in Portland. During his senior high school year, he commuted every weekend to study in the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division.
In August 2006, he visited the Franco-American Heritage Center to try out its new Steinway concert grand piano, and during the following Christmas break, he returned for the first recording session ever made at the Center. His debut Franco Center public recital followed in March 2007.
Tickets for the concert are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and may be purchased online at www.francocenter.org or by calling 207-689-2000. They may also be purchased at the Franco Center box office from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Students are admitted at no charge. Music teachers acting as chaperones for groups of students are invited to contact the Franco Center to arrange to have their ticket prices waived.
The center is at 46 Cedar St.