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Charlie Albright

Breaking the Rules of Classical Music

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Sunday, January 28
7:30 pm PST
$20 – $25
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The Great Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue)
Seattle, 98101 United States
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Town Music returns for a very special concert with improvisational pianist, Charlie Albright!

Embark on a musical journey with the sensational American pianist, composer, and improviser, Charlie Albright, hailed by the Washington Post as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation.” Renowned for his jaw-dropping piano technique, Albright has left an indelible mark on the classical music scene. Join us for an evening of extraordinary artistry as he brings his distinctive musicality to life.

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Albright was born in Centralia, WA, and now regularly appears at major concert halls, festivals, and with artists of all genres worldwide. In 2019, he was the guest artist at the Isaac Stern Auditorium main stage of Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Leon Botstein, and made his return appearances at the 2019 Bergen International Festival in Norway, where he performed a sold-out solo recital and was given the honor of performing the festival’s traditional yearly concert of the Grieg Piano Concerto at Grieg Concert Hall with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Albright is known for unique improvisations that captivate and connect with audiences around the world. Don’t miss the chance to witness this musical maverick in action, defying classical norms and making music an immersive and fun experience for all. Secure your tickets now for an enchanting evening with Charlie Albright at Town Hall.

Read Charlie’s full biography here.

Tentative Program


Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor – “Quasi una Fantasia” (Moonlight Sonata)
I. Adagio sostenuto
II. Allegretto
III. Presto agitato
Bach/Myra Hess
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Jesus bleibet meine freude) – Chorale from Cantata BWV 147
Rhapsody in Blue
The second half of the program will be completely improvised on-the-spot by Mr. Albright, using notes suggested by the audience. From this, he will compose and perform a ~30 minute sonata completely from scratch.
Live Improvised Piano Sonata based on Audience Notes
I. Movement 1
II. Movement 2
III. Movement 3

Presented by Town Hall Seattle. This event is part of our Town Music series featuring cutting-edge chamber music with both local and international artists and ensembles.

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