Steinway Artist Jenny Lin Promotes New Album “Get Happy” with Nationwide Tour

“Remarkable technical command and a gift for melodic flow."
— The New York Times

Steinway Artist Jenny LinPianist Jenny Lin is taking her latest irresistibly scintillating Steinway & Sons release on the road with some of the most indelible melodies in American music. Get Happy: Virtuoso Show Tunes for Piano – available now – presents evergreen songs by the likes of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim as arranged for solo piano by such famous pianists as Earl Wild, Dick Hyman, André Previn, Stephen Prutsman, Stephen Hough, Marc-André Hamelin and Christopher O’Riley, among others. Get Happy features “Blue Skies,” “Embraceable You,” “Begin the Beguine,” “My Favorite Things” and other of history’s most hummable melodies refracted through a kaleidoscope of keyboard virtuosity, with Lin an ideal pianist for the material – being renowned for her subtle touch, commanding technique and adventurous taste in modern and contemporary repertoire, from Busoni and Bloch to Shostakovich and Silvestrov. Her previous Steinway & Sons release, Silent Music – featuring Federico Mompou’s beautiful Música Callada – received high praise, including being chosen as one of 2011’s best albums by The New York Times.  Lin will be performing songs from the new album for music lovers in Steinway showrooms across the country through December of this year.

About the meeting of the “popular” and the “serious” on Get Happy: Virtuoso Show Tunes for Piano, Jenny Lin says: “It depends on how one defines 'popular' and 'serious.' A lot of these pieces are extremely virtuosic. Perhaps the original tunes themselves are popular, but the materials used in the arrangements are serious. What sets these arrangements apart is that they are all by performing pianists. I have always admired pianists who can play and compose, and I wanted to pay tribute to them with this album. They are our present-day versions of Liszt and Busoni. Also, I am always curious about new repertoire, always looking for ideas and music that bring something new to listeners.”

Get Happy: Virtuoso Show Tunes for Piano represents music as its most exuberant and lyrical – and universal. Lin says: “I remember hearing a lot of these tunes when I was a child in Taiwan and loving them. People from any culture and era can appreciate them. The songs are so well written, so warm and welcoming, so delightful as pure music. George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and the other composers on this album were genius melodists. They created a universal language that everyone can embrace. And a successful arrangement can only enhance the greatness of this music, giving us a new and surprising way to appreciate it.”

Confirmed tour dates at Steinway & Sons dealers can be found below:

 

“Get Happy: Broadway Showpieces for Piano”

  1. “Blue Skies” (Berlin-Hyman)
  2. “I Got Rhythm” from Girl Crazy (Gershwin-Wild)
  3. “Eliza at Ascot” from My Fair Lady (Loewe-Malzew)
  4. “Lover” from Love Me Tonight (Rodgers-Weissenberg)
  5. “Begin the Beguine” from Jubilee (Porter-Walter)
  6. “Johanna” from Sweeney Todd (Sondheim-O’Riley)
  7. “Carousel Waltz” from Carousel (Rodgers-Hough)
  8. “March of the Siamese Children” from The King and I (Rodgers-Hough)
  9. “Blue Moon” from Manhattan Melodrama (Rodgers-Previn)
  10. “Cheek to Cheek” from Top Hat (Berlin-Hyman)
  11. “Embraceable You” from Girl Crazy (Gershwin-Wild)
  12. “Meditation on `Laura’ ” from the film Laura (Raskin-Hamelin)
  13. “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” from Porgy and Bess (Gershwin-Saperton)
  14. “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” from Lady, Be Good (Gershwin-Wild)
  15. “So in Love” from Kiss Me, Kate (Porter-Anderson)
  16. “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music (Rodgers-Hough)
  17. “Hello, Young Lovers” from The King and I (Rodgers-Hough)
  18. “Get Happy” from 9:15 Revue (Arlen-Prutsman)

www.jennylin.net

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