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Tonight: Keyboard Concerts


Jonathan Biss, who performs tonight at Fresno State as part of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series, will play works by Brahms, Kurtág and Chopin and Beethoven. The American-born pianist is appearing at some impressive venues these days. From my preview story in last Friday’s 7 section:

Andreas Werz, artistic director of Keyboard Concerts, points out that Biss played the same program at Carnegie Hall in New York a couple of weeks ago and will present it right after his Fresno concert at Cal Performances at UC Berkeley. “His career has definitely taken off,” Werz says.

I’m interested, too, in the ways that Biss has embraced technology. In September he taught a five-week course on Beethoven’s piano sonatas to 35,000 participants in partnership with Coursera, a MOOC (massive open online course). The course will begin a repeat run featuring the same lecture videos and fresh assignments on March 13. You can get more details at his website.

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