Pianists from Verge Ensemble give powerful performance at the Smithsonian

Sept 15, 2014

“It’s enough of a treat to hear Jenny Lin, Lura Johnson or Audrey Andrist perform — but to have all three pianists on the same stage, as they were on Sunday at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is just a spectacular abundance of talent…  Johnson’s riveting account of Prokofiev’s “Sonata No. 7, Op. 83,” though, really stole the show. It’s a complex, subversive work, written in 1942 after the arrest and subsequent death of a friend of the composer’s, and Johnson looked unflinchingly into its anguished depths…. Johnson and Andrist gave [Rite of Spring] a thundering performance, capturing the jagged rhythms and driving, elemental power, and by the end you half expected the piano to be in pieces on the floor…”

CLICK HERE to read more of Stephen Brookes’ article in the Washington Post.

Lura Johnson