Internationally renowned pianist Byron Janis celebrates his
80th birthday in grand style with two special events in March at the Bruno
Walter Auditorium, NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, (located at
40 Lincoln Center Plaza).
On Saturday, March 8 at 3PM, he will present a lecture, "Remembering
Horowitz, Toscanini and Heifetz: Reflection by Byron Janis." The birthday
festivities continue with "An Evening of Song with Pianist as Composer with a
Touch of Chopin," a concert on Monday, March 10 at 6PM where he will play his
own music for the first time in front of an audience.
Some of Broadway's most acclaimed performers will join Janis
for the March 10 concert. His special guests include Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!, Young
Frankenstein), Karen Mason (Mamma
Mia!), Sami Gayle (Gypsy), Maya
Days (No Strings at Encores!), and
Joanne Lessner (Cyrano).
Janis's repertoire for the concert includes "The World
is Changing," "All That's Left of Love," "J'aime celui qui
M'aime," "You Are More," "The Warmth of Christmas,"
"A Hero's Passing By," "Footprints," and "Like Any
Man." He plans to perform a few selections by Chopin. Mr. Janis will also
be donating a manuscript for one of his pieces to The New York Public Library
for the Performing Arts, Music Division, one of the world's leading archives
for the study of music.
Byron Janis is renowned internationally as one of the
world's greatest concert pianists – an extraordinary career he began as a piano
prodigy at the age of nine. The year 1984 marked the 40th anniversary of the
historic New York Carnegie Hall debut recital that launched his brilliant
career – a milestone celebrated with a State Dinner at the White House, where
he was honored by President Reagan.
In 1960, Janis was chosen as the first American artist to be
sent to the Soviet Union, opening the Cultural Exchange between the USSR and the United States. His triumph there
was reported on the front page of The New York Times in 1960 as was his
discovery of two Chopin waltzes in 1967. He wrote and produced a
critically-acclaimed documentary on the life of Frederic Chopin that aired on
numerous public television stations across the United States and was broadcast