Mark Markham has spent more than 20 years as the pianist to famed American soprano, Jessye Norman and has earned accolades for his technical virtuosity, improvisatory skills, and unparalleled interpretation of art song, opera, jazz, and solo piano. Together they’ve given nearly 300 performances in over 25 countries, including recitals in Carnegie Hall as well as concerts in Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Vienna, Tokyo, Paris, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tel Aviv, and at the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize presentation to President Jimmy Carter in Oslo.
Much appreciated by the public for his improvisational skills, and his gift for jazz, Markham spent many years residing in France, and has a distinct flair and innate understanding of French music. In 2016, Markham was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from John Hopkins University.
In honor of La Fête de la Musique, Markham will present a talk and performance of French music on Friday, June 21. Guest should arrive between 6:30-7:00pm, and the evening will begin promptly at 7:15pm. This is a preview of a larger concert that is being planned for 2020, so don’t delay and register soon for this special French Friday event that is generously being hosted in the home of AFH members, Peter and Rosanna Hsi at 3869 Pokapahu Place. Space is limited, and registrations will be through the AFH website.
Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
The menu will be as follows:
1) Wild Caught Salmon Croquettes with Meyer Lemon and Dill Sauce
2) Caprese Salad Skewers
3) Grilled Chicken Skewers with Greek Yogurt and Marinated Red Onion
4) Caramelized Onion and Apple Tarts
5) Butternut Squash Soup Shooters with Fried Sage
6) Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Mousse with Flavored Whipped Cream
7) Sparkling Fresh Strawberry and Maui Lavender Lemonade
Price is $20 members/$25 non-members
In addition to performing celebrated works from the great tradition of French music like Debussy’s “Clair de lune”, Poulenc’s “Improvisation no 15 « hommage à Edith Piaf » , Chopin’s “Préludes no 15 and 17”, and Liszt’s “Harmonies du soir”, Markham will perform his own improvisations on works from the American Songbook, and audience members will have the chance to vote on the repertoire being performed! Stay tuned!
Check out Markham in this recent YouTube clip of the pianist with soprano, Leah Crocetto performing Hammerstein & Kern’s “Can’t Help Lovin ‘Dat Man”: https://youtu.be/-XMf89UuADM
Members: Don’t forget to LOGIN to recieve your member discount!
This event is fully booked.