David Schane | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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A recital appearance in Orchestra Hall is many a young soloist's dream come true. So it is for pianist David Schane. Only 24, Schane already lays claim to a remarkably lengthy association with the Chicago Symphony: at age seven he became one of the youngest finalists in the symphony's youth auditions; since then he's performed in several of the CSO's outreach youth concerts. While juggling a fairly rigorous touring schedule (including recent stints with Chicago suburban orchestras and with the Grant Park and Houston symphony orchestras), Schane has also managed to obtain a degree in music from the Interlochen Academy and a BA in political science from Northwestern (where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa). Obviously this is not a young man content with easy challenges. For the all-important recital debut he's gambling on three not-so-easy pieces: Schumann's Fantasia in C Major op. 17, Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit, and Chopin's Sonata no. 3 in B Minor. The Ravel, inspired by a famous French tome on the Middle Ages, is noted for "its crystalline beauty and hypnotic languor; the sonata by Chopin is large-scale, brilliantly coloristic, and eloquent. Both are meant for the hands of a great pianist--and present plenty of opportunities for a budding virtuoso to shine. Sunday, 3 PM, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan; 435-6666.

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