When pianist, pedagogue and Arnold Schoenberg's former secretary Leonard Stein formed Piano Spheres in Los Angeles in 1994, he was providing exposure to four of the best and most imaginative students he had mentored.
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Nine years after Stein's death, Piano Spheres still thrives and on Saturday celebrates the series' upcoming 20th anniversary by providing a rare opportunity to hear all four pianists on the same stage.
The program, titled "Dear Leonard: a Musical Tribute," is in the Piano Spheres tradition of being full of interest and relevance, with pieces ranging from early Schoenberg to John Harbison's 2009 "Leonard Stein Anagrams."
One rarity will be Webern’s arrangement of the Prelude to Schoenberg’s “Gurrelieder” for two pianos, eight hands. That would be worth the price of admission alone, were there a price of admission. But the