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Kaku at the Piano: Recital in the Loft at Empty Hand

Robert Kaku Gunn

at the piano

 Empty Hand Zen Center

  The Loft

 45 Lawton Street

 New Rochelle, New York 10801

 March 2, 2018, 7:30 PM

THE PROGRAM

 Franz Schubert (1797-1828)              Vier Impromptus      D 899, Opus 90

I.     Allegro molto moderato

II.    Allegro

III.  Andante

IV.  Allegretto

 

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)             Nocturnes

I. Larghetto

II. Andante

 

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)   Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique”

I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio

II. Adagio cantabile

III. Rondo: Allegro

 Robert Kaku Gunn, better known as a psychotherapist, author, Zen Buddhist priest and Christian pastor than as a pianist, considers himself a belated but persevering student of the piano at the age of 75. He does lay claim, however, to having performed at Avery Fisher Hall in 1963 when Leonard Bernstein and company were still trying to resolve the acoustical problems of the then brand new concert hall with “clouds.” He took the piano onstage as the accompanist for the Columbia College Glee Club and appeared again, not just as a first tenor in the club, but also in “Notes and Keys,” the free-spirited octet that brought a special spice to the club’s appearances. When asked why the program has neither the fourth impromptu nor the third nocturne, he replied, “My grandmother always told me to leave a little bit of something undone; that way you’ll have a reason to return. It’s my way of saying ‘See you next year!’”

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