THE FAMOUS PIANIST’S PERFORMANCE GIVES THE CROWD A CHANCE TO SEE THE KEYBOARD FROM THE SEATS
The Florida Keys Concert Association held its second concert, featuring pianist Frederic Moyer, on January 25 at the Performing Arts Center at Coral Shores High School.
Sponsored by Centennial Bank, Moyer was thrilled to be back on stage performing in front of live audiences, as the pandemic canceled many concerts. Moyer intentionally chose a program of festive and upbeat music.
Moyer is a multi-talented pianist well known to local concertgoers. As Norman Werbner, FLKCA program director, said, “The pianist is one of our favorites with many rehearsals. He plays classical and jazz music in a new way – in Fred’s invention of his performance.
Moyer has redefined his piano recitals by using his invented MoyerCam which allows the audience to see his hands and keyboard from any seat in the venue. In addition, his USolo software allows him to play his recitals with synchronized orchestral accompaniment.
He started the concert with Fantasy in F-sharp Minor by Felix Mendelssohn. The composer wrote this piece, inspired by Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Frederic Chopin’s Ballade No. 3 is an ear-splitting story of seduction and punishment. Fred’s grandfather, David Moyer, who at age 9 was a prodigy and played for Teddy Roosevelt in the White House, Fred said. The Ballad is based on Adam Mickiewicz’s poem about a mysterious lake and a man falling in love with a mysterious being who comes in the image of a beautiful woman. Chopin’s Waltz No. 5, a grand, brilliant waltz, closed the first half of the concert.
In the second half, Fred played Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. As Fred said, “The idea to play Tchaikovsky came from Norman, director of the FLKCA program. In the Concerto, the piano competes with an entire orchestra. It’s Mount Olympus for us pianists. Think ballet People are dancing to this music Fred created the orchestral audio to fit this competition.
Before playing the Concerto, Moyer told a story about Tchaikovsky. The composer was unsure of himself at 35 when he wrote the piece to a friend Nicolai Rubenstein. In Fred’s words: “After playing it to Nicolai, there was a gaping silence in the room. After a while, Nicolai said that everything was primitive and difficult to play. Piotr was insulted and replied to Nicolai that he was not changing a note and re-signed the Concerto. Until now, the Concerto is one of the most beloved pieces of music in the world.
For an encore, Moyer played a preview for next year. It was an uplifting jazz trio to a song Oh, What a Beautiful Morning, by Rodgers and Hammerstein from OKLAHOMA.
Season ticket holder Barbara Koch said, “I love Fred Moyer. He always teaches me something about music that I didn’t know.
The next concert will host Lysander Piano Trio on Monday, January 31 at Marathon High School and Tuesday, February 1 at Coral Shores High School. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and online. For more information, visit FLKCA.com