On Saturday, November 9, the award-winning American pianist Matthew Graybil will be performing in the Arts in the Village Concert Series. The evening's program, entitled “Debussy: His Friends and His Enemies,” will feature works by and about Claude Debussy. Debussy was known for his sharp-tongued wit and an often amusing attitude toward his idols, contemporaries, and adversaries. Musical and verbal homages and insults abound in this program. Quotes from Debussy’s letters and musical criticisms will enliven the music and allow the audience to engage with his distinctive character.
Described as an “exceptional young artist” by The New Yorker, Graybil has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Graybil, who received his master’s degree from the premier Juilliard School, made his orchestral debut at age 14. Artists with whom he has collaborated include Itzhak Perlman and the Enso String Quartet. Graybil has been a prize-winner in the MTNA/Yamaha National Piano Competition, the New York Piano Competition, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, the Juilliard Gina Bachauer Competition, the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, and the Wideman International Piano Competition. Graybil’s debut album, featuring works by Brahms and Schubert, was released in 2012 as part of the Victor Elmaleh Collection. In a review of the album, Fanfare Magazine wrote: “He becomes so at one with the [music] that the line between composer and performer vanishes. Matthew Graybil’s playing marks him … as one of the most sensitive, poetic young pianists to debut in recent memory.”
This concert, which is sponsored by BayCoast Bank, will take place on Saturday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m., at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, in Rehoboth, MA 02769. Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $8 for students and children. The doors open at 7:00 p.m., and tickets are available at the door. First-come, first-seated. Wheelchair accessible. Cash and checks only. Information: 508-463-5384; http://www.rehobothantiquarian.org/arts-in-the-village/.