Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
There was some brilliant playing Monday night in the first of the three semifinal sessions to be held this week in the Kennedy Center's International Piano Competition in the Concert Hall. In repertoire that ranged from Beethoven sonatas to Salvatore Martirano's Cocktail Music, with stops along the way for Short Fantasies by Yehudi Wyner, pages from George Crumb's Makrokosmos and Chromatic Dances by William Albright, four pianists from Canada and this country made their bids for a slice of the nearly $40,000 prize money to be distributed after next Sunday afternoon's finals.
Jack Winerock from Lawrence, Kans., turned in a blistering reading of the opening of the Griffes Sonata, and worked wonders in the Albright. Christina Petrowska from Montreal scored well in the Copland Sonata and "Ocotillo" for piano, tape and ring modulator, by Paul Huebner. Donna Coleman was thoroughly at home in the first sonata by Charles Ives, and in a striking piece, "Till Then," for piano and tape by David Bates.
Robert Weirich from New Orleans delivered a stunning account of the first movement of Elliott Carter's sonata and the first six pieces of Makrokosmos. From the caliber of Monday night's playing, it is going to be quite a week at the center. Next session tonight at 5, free.