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Anna Maimine at Geneva, NY (8/27/10)

As Classical Pianists of the Future Directors, we keep track of our past performers. In so doing, on occasion, have the pleasure of attending their recitals in other venues. The following gives some thoughts on a recent recital by the wonderful pianist Anna Maimine. My brother, Gary Williams, Associate Director, and my wife Janet attended.

. . . This is less a review than an acknowledgement based upon personal observation over time – and continued audience acclaim, of the ever increasing ability and refinement of Anna Maimine as an emerging master pianist.

As part of “Music for a Summer’s Eve” sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Geneva Concerts on August 27, 2010, Ms. Maimine thrilled the audience with a virtuoso performance of two master works of Robert Schumann. First, his Grand Sonata no.1 in F-sharp Minor op. 11 “Florestan und Eusebius” and then his Symphonic Etudes. Op. 13 (1837).

The seldom heard “Grand Sonata”, a monumental work, tests, in its intracasies, the most accomplished of pianists. The Symphonic Etudes set is difficult to define as it is so varied in its moods and shadings. Sometimes wild, but never out of control – with a thunderously thrilling conclusion. The lovely Arabesque Op. 18 was also performed.

Ms. Maimine more than met the challenges of these beautiful compositions and was awarded a standing ovation. She is currently persuing her Doctorate in the studio of renowned Professor Douglas Humphreys at Eastman School of Music. One can only expect ever greater accomplishments in her blossoming career.

Alvin H. Williams III, Co-founder/director