Steeple Concerts at St. Paul’s is proud to present world-renowned pianist Daniel Epstein in recital on Sunday, November 8 at 3pm and 6pm.  To celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), the identical recitals will include his Piano Sonata #31 in A-flat major, Op. 110 (1820-22). The November 8 program will also feature music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Liszt.

Beethoven’s last three sonatas, including #31, are considered some of the greatest works for piano ever composed. Together with the Ninth Symphony, Missa Solemnis, and his final string quartets, they rank high among Beethoven’s finest compositions. 

Daniel Epstein is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music (NYC). He gained international attention in 1973 as the first American to perform the Yellow River Concerto with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, just prior to a historic tour of China. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, and Rochester Symphony Orchestras. 

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Mr. Epstein is a member of the piano faculties of Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers University.  He is the pianist and founding member of the famed Raphael Trio, with whom he has performed virtually the entire piano trio repertoire. He has also collaborated with many distinguished string quartets, chamber musicians and soloists.

Due to capacity limitations and the collection of necessary information for contact tracing, advance purchase of tickets online is required for the 3pm and 6pm performances.  Depending on current state recommendations, Steeple Concerts may offer a streaming video performance in lieu of a concert with live audience.

Online tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. To purchase tickets, please visit the Steeple Concerts website at www.steepleconcerts.org.

Following NJ state guidelines, St. Paul’s will restrict the audience size to fifty attendees per concert and will shorten each concert length to approximately 45 minutes. All attendees must wear a mask while in the building and all will be asked to remain seated in their assigned pew during the recital.

The recital is the second of four concerts in the Steeple Concerts 2020-2021 season. The final two programs will feature solo performances by harpist Bridget Kibbey and cellist Oliver Herbert.  

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 414 East Broad Street near Euclid Avenue in Westfield. Free parking is available in the church parking lot and on adjacent St. Paul’s Street (south side of the church). STEEPLE CONCERTS AT ST. PAUL’S is made possible by the Friends of Music at St. Paul’s, a 501(c)3 organization devoted to presenting the arts in Westfield.