Experience an intimate chamber music recital performed by some of the extraordinary soloists featured in full GSO orchestra concerts. Recitals are performed in the elegant ballroom of Galveston’s historic Moody Mansion.
2022-23 Moody Mansion Recital Tickets
Seating is limited and recitals often sell out. Reservations required.
$35 advance / $40 at the door
Ticket includes complimentary glass of wine.
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FRIDAY | MARCH 31 | 7:00 pm
Daniel Hsu, piano
Bronze Medalist, Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Robert Schumann Scenes from Childhood, op. 15
Of Foreign Lands and Peoples
A Curious Story
Blind Man’s Bluff
An Important Event
At the Fireside
Knight of the Hobbyhorse
Almost Too Serious
Child Falling Asleep
The Poet Speaks
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, op. 110
Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
Adagio ma non troppo
Fuga – Allegro ma non troppo
– intermission –
Franz Liszt Sonata in B Minor, S. 178
About Daniel Hsu, piano
American pianist Daniel Hsu is lauded for performances that are “powerful, thoughtful, and sensitive… this deeply inquisitive artist’s inner probing brought fresh meaning to great warhorses, reaching well beyond his stunning mastery of technical difficulties” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Daniel began taking piano lessons at age 6 with Larisa Kagan. He made his concerto debut with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra at age 8, and his recital debut at the Steinway Society of the Bay Area at age 9, before being accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 10, along with his two older siblings. He quickly gained international recognition and accolades: bronze medal at the 2015 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, first prize at the 2015 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, 2016 Gilmore Young Artist, and bronze medal at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where he also took home prizes for best performance of both the commissioned work and chamber music.
He has made his debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (CAG Winners Series), and appeared in recitals at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Vancouver Recital Society, and Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, as well as in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, Pittsburgh, and New York. A sensitive and keen collaborator, Daniel has performed with the Tokyo, North Carolina, Grand Rapids, Anchorage, New Haven, and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, working alongside conductors Leonard Slatkin, Nicholas McGegan, Cristian Măcelaru, Ruth Reinhardt, Marcelo Lehninger, Eugene Tzigane, and Stilian Kirov. Recent and upcoming highlights include his debuts with the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra with Hannu Lintu, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra with Gemma New, and Jacksonville Symphony with Courtney Lewis, and Pacific Symphony with Carl St. Clair.
He has joined Curtis on Tour throughout Europe, performs regularly with the Verona Quartet and in duo piano with his brother, Andrew, and appears frequently in chamber music festivals. Ever curious and eager to explore, Daniel worked with rapper Lou Charle$ and singer-songwriter-guitarist Averi Burke to develop and release the single “Free”—which they brought to SXSW in spring 2022—and worked with harpist Bridget Kibbey to provide commentary as a correspondent for the 2022 Cliburn Competition webcast.
Decca Gold released Daniel’s first album featuring live recordings from the Cliburn Competition of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata, op. 110, as well as his award-winning performance of Marc-André Hamelin’s Toccata on “L’homme armé.” He has also been featured in interviews and performances for WQXR, APM’s Performance Today, and Colorado Public Radio, and was profiled as one to watch by International Piano magazine.
Now 25 years old, Daniel graduated from Curtis in spring 2019, where he studied with Gary Graffman, Robert McDonald, and Eleanor Sokoloff. He is a Marvel film buff and enjoys programming—he contributed to the creation of Workflow (now known as Siri Shortcuts), which won the 2015 Apple Design Award and was acquired by the tech giant in 2017.
FRIDAY | MAY 12 | 7:00 pm
Andrew Staupe, piano
with Trond Saeverud, violin
FRIDAY | FEBRUARY 24 | 7:00 pm
Trond Saeverud, violin
J.S.Bach: Chaconne from Partita No.2 in D minor
Grade School students in Maine: selection of short student compositions for solo violin (From an interactive music project Trond created and produced in DownEast Maine, 2002)
Nicolo Paganini: Caprice No.6
Nicolo Paganini: Caprice No.13
—– Intermission —–
J.S. Bach: Andante and Allegro from Sonata No. 2 in A minor
Two Wedding Marches from Norway. Originally for the Hardanger Fiddle
Ole Bull: A Mountain Vision
Ole Bull: La Mélancolie (Trond’s own arrangement)
Jules Massenet: Meditation from Thaïs
NOVEMBER 11, 2022| 7:00 pm
MOZART & BRAHMS!
Galveston Symphony Orchestra and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University bring TWO string quartets to the Moody Mansion Music recital series. Come and spend a relaxing evening listening to the next generation of great artists!
W.A. Mozart (1756-1791) – String Quartet No.19 in C major, K. 465 “Dissonance” (1785)
Hannah Corbett, Violin I
Astrid Nakamura, Violin II
Gabe Galley, Viola
Chris Ellis, Cello
J. Brahms (1833-1897) – String Quartet Op.51 No. 2 in A minor (1873)
Rinat Erlichman, Violin I
Connor Chaikowsky, Violin II
Tovin Allers, Viola
Gali Knaani, Cello
OCTOBER 7, 2022 | 7:00 pm
The Smith Chen Family ‘Music Together’
Brinton Smith, cello
American cellist Brinton Averil Smith has been the principal cellist of the Houston Symphony since 2005, and and is also a faculty member of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Aspen Music Festival. Learn more
Evelyn Chen, piano
Co-founder of Moody Mansion Music, Evelyn Chen was hailed by The New York Times, as “a pianist to watch,” praising her “brilliant technique, warm, clear tone, and exacting musical intelligence.” Learn more
Calista Smith, soprano
A vocalist who is also trained as a violinist, Calista Smith has performed with Houston Young Artists’ concerts, at music festivals at Tanglewood, and even in a chorus for John Williams and the Boston Pops.