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I’m always pleased to be invited to play at New York’s Lincoln Center.  They’ve invited me several times in the past and have had me play every year recently.  It’s my musical home in the city where I live.

Here are photos I had taken a few months earlier outside and around the auditorium:

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It was a beautiful day and so many people showed up for the concert that many had to stand at the back and around the sides of the auditorium.

This was the flyer that was posted at the door:

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The brochure with the season’s offerings:IMG_2459

The description of the concert inside the program:IMG_2461

And the program for the concert. Hopefully you can see that I offered two of my favourite Beethoven Sonatas on the first half, then an assortment of French pieces on the second. This year would have been the 100th birthday of composer Henri Dutilleux, whom I had the privilege of knowing and working with in Paris. When I played for him in the 1990’s only the last of these Preludes was published; the first two were composed but only existed in manuscripts he kept at his home. After hearing me play the published one he gave me photocopies of his handwritten scores, well before anyone could purchase those. I’m honoured to have been entrusted with them, and was pleased the audience responded so positively to them.IMG_2462IMG_2463Here’s the empty auditorium, before everyone arrived:

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This is where I waited back stage. I didn’t have the closed circuit television on, which would have showed me the audience in their seats.  The stairs on the left lead to the stage.IMG_2360

And here’s a photo taken during the concert.

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  • Katharine Rawdon

    What a beautiful and interesting program, balancing the familiar with the lesser-known! As a flutist, it is always nice to see a work by Cécile Chaminade on a program, as she has a Concertino for flute that is very popular and quite well-written. I had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Bhimani perform the Fauré Barcarolle at the “Alumnipalooza” Concert at Bridges Hall of Music at Pomona College in Claremont, California—it was not merely charming, but moving and heartfelt, and performed with the most luscious sound I’ve ever heard come out of a piano (a Steinway, naturally…but still, I’ve hear a lot of Steinways!). So I feel I had a small taste of this program—when will these works be available on a CD by Mr. Bhimani??

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