For the first time, I went to a lunch time concert on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at the National Gallery of Art. I am not sure how often the gallery has Wednesday concerts. They have two listed for December. I think they still have Sunday night concerts every week. They are all part of the same sponsored series, according to the program.
The Wednesday concert was a kick, because it was a 12-12-12 concert, a piano concert by Joseph Smith, pianist and historian of piano music. Why a kick? For one thing, the start was delayed until twelve minutes after noon. So, in fact, it was a 12-12-12-12-12 concert. But more importantly, it was a kick because of the selection of music.
Here is the program.
First, C.P.E. Bach’s TWELVE Variations on “La Folia”
Second, Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces, Opus TWELVE
Third, John Field’s TWELVE O’Clock Rondo
Fourth, Chopin’s Barcarolle in F-sharp Major (written in TWELVE-eight time)
Fifth, Korngold’s Entr’acte from The Snowman (written when Korngold was TWELVE)
Sixth, Gershwin’s Second Prelude (composed in TWELVE-bar blues form)
Seventh, Euday Bowman’s TWELFTH Street Rag
It is true that I was expecting five encores, but they did not come. And it’s also true that other choices could have been made – think of all the TWELVE tone music, just as one example.
Smith did a fine job – the audience was very appreciative.