Why should I go to to this concert?

You’ll get to hear inspirational music in a beautiful setting that’s very much off the beaten track. Make it a date night! It’s a great opportunity to hang out with your loved one and join a community of classical music fans. And you’ll get to hear and learn about some new composers. You’ll be amazed at how beautiful their music is. It will make you wonder how much other undiscovered beauty is out there!

What if I buy a ticket and can’t make it?
Your ticket could be a much appreciated gift to a loved one. But if you don’t want to pass it on, simply email info@rebeccabogart.com before March 1 for a full refund.
Why are you doing this concert?
I want to share what I have learned from my own journey through darkness. I stopped performing in 2006 because of cancer treatment and its financial challenges. I had to focus on earning enough to rebuild my financial health. During the stress of the COVID lockdown, I found I needed music to keep me sane. This concert shares the music that nurtured me during that time. It also tells the story of other women whose lives weren’t whole without music: Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel. Their music has been in the darkness but is finally becoming known.
Why are you playing at the Berkeley Piano Club?
The purpose of the Club is to support women who love music. The beautiful, intimate space and acoustics are the perfect setting. Because the hall is small, you can deeply connect with the beautiful piano sonority. And after the concert, we’ll enjoy shared food and conversation at the reception.
Why are you playing these composers?
I have always been drawn to Romantic piano music. Among the Romantics, Chopin asks it all from me as an artist. He demands beautiful sound, technical mastery, and 100% emotional commitment. He takes us to a beautiful world of many colors and deep feeling. Playing his music is both a challenge and a joyful daily exploration of what is possible at the piano.

To complement Chopin’s music, I wanted to focus on other women pianists like me whose music defined their lives. And I wanted to play music that was in the same style as Chopin.

Clara Schumann was a woman composer. Her 19th-century male peers acclaimed and respected her as a performer and composer. I first became curious about her in my early 20s when studying works written for her by her husband. As I began playing her music, I was captivated by the incredible range and originality of her music.

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel has just begun to be recognized for her works. Most of her works were unpublished until a few years ago. In fact, one of the pieces I am playing is still unpublished! I began reading through her scores and listening to her pieces. I found her voice authentic, lyrical, and amazingly creative. She was a phenomenal player and her music is unique in how it uses the keyboard.

Where can I park my car?
Telegraph – Channing Garage 2450 Durant 510 843 1788. Entrances on Durant Avenue and Channing Street, between Telegraph Avenue and Dana Street. $3 for 4 hours

Underhill Parking Lot 2645 Haste Street between College and Bowditch. (510) 643-7701 $2 per hour.

I recommend https://www.parkme.com/berkeley-ca-parking. It shows how many spaces are available real time.

Is the hall handicap accessible?
Yes, there is a ramp into the hall, and a loading zone out front. Inside the floor is flat, and the chairs can be easily rearranged to accommodate a wheelchair.

anatomy of a nocturne

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This beautiful genre is a shining star of the piano literature. Here’s your chance to learn all about this very special type of Romantic music.

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