A recital-monologue by Inna Faliks
Inna Faliks is a spellbinding Ukranian-born pianist with a glowing international reputation. Her long-standing practice of alternating musical interludes with the spoken word takes the form of narrative storytelling in Polonaise-Fantasie, Story of a Pianist. This captivating work chronicles Faliks’ life’s path: her family’s emigration to America, her formative early influences, and her evolution as an artist. It’s also her love story, as she is reunited as an adult with the childhood friend who is now her husband. Each episode of Inna Faliks’ saga, written and narrated by the pianist herself, alternates with a beautifully played masterpiece—from composers including Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Mozart—that is closely connected to her life story from childhood onward. Music and words combine to spin a powerful and moving tale.
Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative, and poetic artists of her generation. Renowned for her versatility, she is equally at home in the great concerti, standard solo repertoire, chamber music, interdisciplinary projects, and work with contemporary composers. Her distinguished career has taken her to numerous recitals and concerti in prestigious venues in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and she is the winner of many competitions, including the Pro Musicis International Award. She is the founder and curator of Music/Words, a series that pairs live performances with readings by established contemporary poets. The series has been heard and seen, live and on the radio, nationwide for eight seasons. Inna Faliks is Professor of Piano at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, where she is also Head of Piano.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre
Expected Run Time is 150 minutes