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Paul Verona, Classical Piano (POSTPONED)
March 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
After thoughtful consideration, the 1867 Sanctuary Committee is sad to announce that this concert has been postponed in response to serious public health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. The new date will be announced as soon as possible.
Preservation New Jersey welcomes classical pianist Paul Verona for his first performance at the 1867 Sanctuary. He will be performing Chopin Nocturnes and other works.
Paul Verona has enjoyed great success throughout the United States and Europe. He has appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee
Symphony Orchestra, The Brooklyn Symphony, the Manhattan Contemporary Ensemble, the Sheboygan Symphony and the Catholic Symphony Orchestra of Wisconsin. He has twice performed in recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art under the auspices of the Department of Musical Instruments and at the Town Hall in New York City. His countless performances in Austria, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy have brought him wide critical acclaim. He has performed on numerous occasions for the United States Department of the Interior and has been a frequent guest artist on the Goethe Institute’s recital series. Performances have also been heard on the VARA radio in Holland, RAI in Italy and the USA and radio television stations throughout the United States. Mr. Verona has received numerous awards including the Viotti-Valsesia International Piano Competition for Romantic Music, the National Society of Arts and Letters Piano Career Award and twice was awarded first prize in the International Piano Recording Competition. He has been the recipient of performance and research grants from the Mu Phi Epsilon and Eccola Foundations.
Mr. Verona’s varied repertoire focuses in large part on the great works of the romantic period. His inspiring and dramatic interpretations of Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and especially Albéniz have delighted audiences and has earned him a highly revered reputation in this regard. He is equally at home in the recording studio. Mr. Verona’s recording of Isaac Albèniz’s Iberia Suite was released on the Centaur Records label in 2012 and can be found on all streaming radio services and on YouTube. His next project will focus on recording the complete set of Chopin Nocturnes later this year. He holds degrees from the Bologna Conservatory of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of Music.
Under Verona’s talented hands, the ‘unplayable’ was played beautifully. [His “appassionata”] soared and roared…a kind of
outpouring that made other, more elegant interpretations appear tame. This is an artist who means business as he attacks each key of
the piano with the determined stroke of the conqueror. — The Rockland County Journal News
From the long and lyrical pieces to the most technically demanding feats Verona’s manner at the piano is strikingly supple and expressive. Even within the many virtuosic sections, the melodic line was never forced, and yet, the tension he created brought tears to
many in the audience. — De Stem, The Netherlands
Paul Verona is a strong pianist. This is an artist whose interpretations are propelled by a serious intensity. The opening Allegro of the Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto was played with fine articulation and there were passages of great beauty, especially in the Adagio. The majestic finale was played with strength and
resolve. — Sheboygan Press.