Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Music Is Star of Goldstein Show; Classical Pianist Performs Sunday

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Music Is Star of Goldstein Show; Classical Pianist Performs Sunday

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Byline: Mark Faulkner, Shorelines correspondent

Alon Goldstein's prowess as a classical pianist earned him the opportunities to study with some of the world's best teachers. One lesson Leon Fleisher taught Goldstein changed his career.

Fleisher taught him how to be a tool.

"He always talks about the artist taking the audience on a tour, that the music is the star of the evening," Goldstein said. "The music is the center of gravity and we are the tools to bring this wonderful thing to life in front of the audience. It's about the music, it's not about us."

Each time Goldstein takes the stage, he said his first goal is to present the music as purely as he can with as much knowledge and conviction as he can muster. He prides himself on giving each note, phrase and measure his all.

Goldstein understands the classical music lover's thrill of discovering a new piece as well as hearing a faithful rendition of standard repertoire because he still feels that thrill himself. For his concert Sunday at St. Paul's By-The-Sea Episcopal Church as part of the Beaches Fine Arts Series, the pianist said he plans plenty of such thrills.

The concert includes an unfinished sonata by Schubert, Chopin's Fourth Ballade, a lesser-known Beethoven work, and pieces by contemporary Israeli composer Mark Kopytman as well as impressionist Claude Debussy.

Of the music on his program, Goldstein said the Beethoven piece should be the biggest surprise and challenge for his audiences. The piece shows a different side to the composer as he jettisons his well-structured style for something a little more ethereal.

"Beethoven's sense of architecture, sense of structure, presentation of themes and the way he works them out and develops them are some of his most profound achievements," Goldstein said. "Then here he comes and writes this fantasy that has nothing to do with those ideas. It makes us think a little bit about his childhood, when he was considered one of the best improvisatory pianists. He was a great improviser."

In recent years, Goldstein's explorations of such uncommon pieces by famous composers continues to drive his career. …

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