Garrick Ohlsson

My good friend Mary Louise is a Garrick Ohlsson groupie: not just an owns-all-his-recordings fan, but a plans-vacations-around-his-concert-tours fan. Probably it's the pianist's fluent, bittersweet way with the music of Chopin, the most acclaimed subset of his huge repertory. Sadly, she can't be in Seattle for his 13th Meany Hall appearance tonight, part of his season-long homage to the b-day of Franz Liszt (born Oct. 22, 1811). Ohlsson's chosen his program to show off not only all sides of the composer, but of himself: the pastel poet (Feux-follets, Jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este), the orchestral dramatist (the rambunctious Mephisto Waltz no. 1), and the piano-eater (Busoni's arrangement for piano of an immense organ work by Liszt, in which the pianist's two hands have to do the work of the organist's two hands and two feet). GAVIN BORCHERT

Wed., March 7, 8 p.m., 2012

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