Piano Marathon: One Day, Three Concerts

Piano Marathon: One Day, Three Concerts


Aug 26 2023


Three concerts: 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 8:00 pm
4:00 pm


Star Hall


Star Hall
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The MMF marks Rachmaninoff’s 150th birthday with an afternoon of concerts spotlighting three young pianists. Serene plays works by Russian composer/pianist Scriabin with her computer-generated projections based on Scriabin’s color system. Derek Wang offers transcriptions from pianist-composers paying tribute to their idols and forebearers. And Claire Huangci finishes with Rachmaninoff Preludes from her acclaimed recording.

On-site food trucks provide access to refreshments, snacks and dinner between concerts. Tickets are $25 per concert, $60 for all three. 

4:00 PM
Spotlight on Scriabin
Serene, piano/curator
This program celebrates Scriabin, examining the intersection of performance and composition, the influence of audio-visual synesthesia, and uncovering the generator functions behind these disciplines in the context of being a concert pianist without formal training while having another career as a technologist.

6:00 PM
Tricks of the Transcription
Derek Wang, piano/curator with Michael Barrett, Claire Huangci and Serene
This program celebrates the piano as the chameleon of instruments, which, under skilled hands, can trick us into hearing a singer, an organ, or even a whole orchestra. The first half explores the legacy of J.S. Bach, himself a great transcriber, through musical homages of Mendelssohn and Busoni; the second half presents a series of musical postcards from Vienna, with iconic works of Schubert, Mozart, and Johann Strauss II creatively rearranged for piano.

8:00 PM
Celebrating Rachmaninoff’s 150th
Claire Huangci, piano/curator with Derek Wang and Serene
For pianists in particular, Rachmaninoff composed some of the best evergreen repertoire of all time; music that transcends the classical boundaries and enters the pop and film industries. In this program, Claire chose works that span from Rachmaninoff’s university times to his final years in his chosen home, the US.

About the venue: Located in downtown Moab, historic Star Hall was built in 1906. The recently renovated Richardsonian Romanesque style stone building seats 300 people. The intimate size, excellent acoustics and architectural charm make Star Hall an ideal setting for chamber music. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1993.

Artists & Program



  • 4:00 pm – Spotlight on Scriabin (curated by Serene)
    • Scriabin: Sonata No. 5, op. 53
    • Scriabin: Etude op. 42, no. 5
    • Scriabin arr. Serene: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, op. 20
    • Rachmaninov arr. Serene: Piano Concert No. 2 in C minor, op. 18
  • 6:00 pm – Tricks of the Transcription (curated by Derek Wang)
    • Mendelssohn trans. Rachmaninoff: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, op. 61
    • Mendelssohn: Prelude and Fugue in E minor, op. 35 no. 1
    • J.S. Bach: Contrapunctus XIII (Mirror Fugue) from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
    • J.S. Bach trans. Busoni: Toccata and Fugue for organ in D minor, BWV 565
    • Schubert trans. Liszt: Ständchen (Serenade) and Abschied (Farewell) from Schwanengesang, D. 957, S. 560
    • Mozart trans. Grieg: Sonata in C major, K. 545
    • Strauss II-Schulz-Elver: Concert Arabesques on  Themes of the Beautiful Blue Danube
  • 8:00 pm – Celebrating Rachmaninov’s 150th (curated by Claire Huangci)
    • Rachmaninov:
      Prelude in C sharp minor, op. 3, no. 2
      Prelude in F sharp minor, op. 23, no. 1
      Prelude in G major, op. 23, no. 5
      Prelude in F minor, op. 23, no. 6
      Prelude in C minor, op. 23, no. 7
    • George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
    • Rachmaninov:
      Suite No. 1, op. 5
      Two Pieces for Pianoforte Six Hands

Important Details

Concert location: Star Hall, 159 E Center St, in Moab, UT
Doors open: 30 minutes before each concert

Concerts begins: 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Ages 6+
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No food or beverage allowed inside Star Hall

Local food trucks Moab Kitchen and El Local will be parked outside Star Hall and available for a bite to eat between concerts.

Adults: $60 (all three concerts); $25 (individual concert)

Students: $15 (all three concerts); $5 (individual concert)



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