Liaisons: Piano Dialogues with Anthony de Mare


On Saturday 26 March, the final seven pieces of the extended Liaisons Project will receive their New York premieres.


Conceived by acclaimed concert pianist Anthony de Mare, Liaisons is a landmark commissioning and concert project that brings together today’s leading classical, jazz, theatre, film and indie composers to re-imagine Stephen Sondheim’s songs as solo piano pieces. This remarkable compendium of new music breaks open the boundaries between musical theatre and concert music while making the case for Sondheim as one of today’s most influential composers.


Conrad Tao will join Mr de Mare for the premiere of his two-piano work Move On, as well as a reprise of Steve Reich's Finishing the Hat – Two Pianos. The programme for the concert:


JEFF BEAL – "Not A Day Goes By" (2019) PREMIERE (Merrily We Roll Along)


STEPHEN HOUGH – "Pretty Lady: gymnopédie" (2019) PREMIERE (Pacific Overtures)


MARK BENNETT – "Everybody Says Don’t" (2019) PREMIERE (Anyone Can Whistle)


PAOLA PRESTINI – "Always" (2019) PREMIERE (after “I Wish I Could Forget You” – Passion)


MARC SCHUBRING – "Rhapsody in Red" (2019) PREMIERE (after “Goodbye for Now” from Reds)


ETHAN IVERSON – "Send in the Clowns" (2011) (A Little Night Music)


CHRISTOPHER CERRONE – "Kiss Me" (2019) PREMIERE (Sweeney Todd)


FREDERIC RZEWSKI – "I’m Still Here" (2012) (Follies)


CONRAD TAO – "Move On" (2019) PREMIERE (Sunday in the Park with George)


STEVE REICH – "Finishing the Hat – Two Pianos" (2010) (Sunday in the Park with George) (with Conrad Tao, piano)


DAVID RAKOWSKI – "The Ladies Who Lunch" (2010) (Company)


KEVIN PUTS – "Being Alive" (2019) PREMIERE (Company)


Watch the ECM Records video introducing the original Liaisons Project here:


Merkin Hall

Kaufman Music Center

Abraham Goodman House

129 West 67th Street

(btw Broadway and Amsterdam)

New York, NY 10023