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Pianist Lara Downes releases "Love at Last"

Pianist Lara Downes
Christine DiPasquale
Pianist Lara Downes

Pianist Lara Downes has released a new album "Love at Last" to celebrate Earth Day. I always enjoy talking with Lara and this project gave us a great reason to catch up!

"Love at Last" was inspired by a Hebrew poem from the 19th century Ukrainian poet Shaul Tchernichovsky. It's a hopeful and lyrical collection of solo piano works exploring themes of renewal, rebirth, and redemption, by composers who span continents, cultures, and centuries, united in a vision of shared humanity, the possibility of peace and compassion, and the everlasting power of love.

Lara is always working on new, invigorating projects and I encourage you to check out her series on NPR Music, "Amplify with Lara Downes." By the way, Lara will be coming to Richmond this fall to perform a new concerto by Adolphus Hailstork with the Richmond Symphony. I hope you enjoy our chat!

Excerpts from "Love at Last"
1. Jaroslav Ježek (arr. by Jeremy Siskind): Dawn 2. Margaret Bonds (arr. by Lara Downes) - I Believe: Credo No. 2 3. Hooshyar Khayam: Bright Night (Lara Downes, piano)

Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg
Classical Host, VPM Music

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