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Spotlight on Friedrich Gulda

Watch the Austrian Embassy performance live HERE

Friedrich Gulda was a great star in the Viennese firmament from the 1940's until his death in 2000. He recorded the complete 32 Sonatas of Beethoven 3 times, recorded and often performed the complete Well Tempered Klavier of Bach, and works of Mozart, Schubert, Debussy, etc.

But startlingly for the time, he developed further interests in jazz, rock and roll, world music, performance art, and dance music. His recording, "Friedrich Gulda Live at Birdland" (1956) documented his collaborations with saxophonist Phil Woods, Jimmy Cleveland, Idrees Suleiman and others. Gulda also delivered an over-the-top pop-opera aria to Placido Domingo, wrote dark love songs in Austrian dialect, and composed extensively in a mix of popular, jazz, and classical styles.

On March 20, 2014, The Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC, will host a concert that will attempt to reflect the broad spectrum of Gulda's interests and legacy. The performance will be previewed at the Shakespeare Theatre Company February 11, 2014.

The Program

Franz Schubert: 2 Impromptu's
Christopher Hinterhuber, pianist

Music of Gulda:
Gustav der Letzte
Vienna Discussion
Light My Fire (arranged Thompson/Gulda)
Nina Carina
Du und I'

The Performers
Lena Seikaly, vocalist
Marty Nau, sax/clarinet
Michael Bowie, bass
Lenny Robinson, drums
Burnett Thompson, piano

Embassy of Austria
Thursday, March 20, 2014
3524 International Ct NW
Washington, DC 20008
Admission Free: Reservations Required


Burnett Thompson, Pianist; Marty Nau, Saxophone/clarinet
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Wednesday, Feb 12 at Noon
Harman Theater at 610 F St, NW
Washington, DC
Admission is Free