Honored as 2022 Classical Woman of the Year by Performance Today, American pianist (and NY Times crossword clue) Lara Downes has been called “a musical ray of hope” by NBC News and “an explorer whose imagination is fired by bringing notice to the underrepresented and forgotten” (The Log Journal). An iconoclast and trailblazer, her dynamic work as a sought-after soloist, a Billboard Chart-topping recording artist, a producer, curator, arts activist and advocate positions her as a cultural visionary on the national arts scene. Lara’s musical roadmap seeks inspiration from the legacies of history, family, and collective memory, excavating a broad landscape of music to create a series of acclaimed performance and recording projects that serve as gathering spaces for her listeners to find common ground and shared experience.
Lara’s recent and upcoming onstage adventures include guest appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, with recitals and residencies at Ravinia, the Gilmore Festival, Carolina Performing Arts, Washington Performing Arts, Caramoor, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Cabrillo Festival, and Oregon Bach Festival, among others.
"LOVE AT LAST"
J.S. BACH / IGNAZ FRIEDMAN Sleepers Awake/Wachet Auf
CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS All Dreams Begin with the Horizon
SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR My Lord, What A Morning
DOBRINKA TABAKOVA Simple Prayer for Complex Times
CLARICE ASSAD A World of Change
MARGARET BONDS Troubled Water
Credo No. 2: I Believe
DEBBIE FRIEDMAN Laugh At All My Dreams
TERRY RILEY Be Kind To One Another
FRANZ SCHUBERT Fruhlingsglaube
EUBIE BLAKE Love Will Find A Way
GEORGE GERSHWIN Love Walked In
SAMMY FAIN/MARIEL MAYZ I’ll Be Seeing You
ROBERT SCHUMANN Des Abends
In Der Nacht
KURT WEILL Lost in the Stars
WILLIAM GRANT STILL Summerland
DUKE ELLINGTON New World A-Comin’
(Subject to Change)