Anthony de Mare & Emanuele Arciuli: The American Explorer


Pianists Emanuele Arciuli and Anthony de Mare, known internationally as two of the leading exponents of American music, join forces in a program of two-piano works spanning multiple genres by some of our most prominent living American composers. Over the course of their distinguished careers, these two virtuosos have championed, commissioned and worked closely with many of the composers included on the program.

Highlighting the pioneering spirit of their own innovative solo programming, they present The American Explorer: Two Pianos—Four Hands—Many Frontiers, a concert fusing together classic duo-piano works from the late 20th and 21st centuries featuring works by John Adams, Frederic Rzewski, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Frank Zappa, John Luther Adams, Mary Ellen Childs and others in a program that reflects the landscape, social attitudes, struggles, and intimate views of the American musical experience.

At the same time, the evening illuminates traditional approaches to the piano, while casting a spotlight on the groundbreaking and inventive nature of each composer's approach to extending the boundaries of the instrument.

"The adventurous pianist Anthony de Mare, a champion of contemporary music, merged his passion with his effort to expand the recital repertory. His playing was dynamic and stylish."

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

"Arciuli addressed what proved a hefty program with an ironclad technique as well as unflagging energy and imagination."

Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

Listen to selections from De Mare & Arciuli's program:

Anthony de Mare performing Mary Ellen Childs' "Kilter":

Anthony de Mare performing Steve Reich's arrangement of Sondheim's "Finishing the Hat":

Emanuele Arciuli performing Gershwin's "The Man I Love" and Rzewski's "Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues":

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