Philadelphia – Saturday, November 4, 2023
Haskell Small, Celebrated Composer and Pianist, Turns a Life-Altering Stroke into a “Celebration of Healing”
Pianist Small will perform Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations around the United States in his 2023-24 concert tour.
Pianist Haskell Small (www.haskellsmall.com) will tour nine key cities in the US with his program Celebration of Healing, performing Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. His first official out-of-town stop will be at the American Philosophical Society’s Benjamin Franklin Hall in Philadelphia on Nov. 4th.
In 2021, Composer and Pianist Haskell Small suffered a debilitating stroke that rendered his left hand and foot paralyzed. At the time, Small feared his accomplished professional career would come to an end. Two years later, he is not only playing piano again but set to embark on a nationwide Celebration of Healing tour launching in his hometown of Washington, DC in September. He will be the subject of a documentary film entitled Small Steps directed by Christopher McGuinness to be released later this fall. The trailer can be viewed here.
Haskell Small’s Celebration of Healing: American Philosophical Society’s Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Saturday, November 4, 2023, 7PM
Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations
Tickets: Regular: $20 / Students & Seniors: $10 available at https://Haskellphilly.eventbrite.com
Other stops on the tour will include:
September 30, 2023 – Washington, DC – Columbia Heights (House Concert)
October 7, 2023 – Glen Echo Park, DC – Groupmuse (House Concert)
October 18, 2023 – Chevy Chase, MD – Friendship Heights Community Center
November 16, 2023 – Chicago, IL – Epiphany Center for the Arts
November 18, 2023 – Milwaukee, WI – Charles Allis Art Museum
April 7, 2024 – Santa Monica, CA – First Presbyterian Church Santa Monica
April 13, 2024 – San Francisco, CA – Sunset Music and Arts
April 14, 2024 – Berkeley, CA – The Berkeley Piano Club
April 23, 2024 – Seattle, WA – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
June 5, 2024 – New York City – Weill Recital Hall
More dates to be added
As captured in The Washington Post, Small used his painstaking journey of rehabilitation as a creative muse. Unwilling to stay away from music, he began arranging and performing classical masterworks for his right hand alone, as well as writing and performing a new composition, Diary of a Stroke: The Adventures of Herb and Pete (playful nicknames Small gave to his paralyzed hand and foot). Today, Small’s rehabilitation has further progressed and he has returned to playing with full use of both hands. Small’s Celebration of Healing Tour will not only mark his full recovery, but fulfill his life-long dream of performing Beethoven’s immensely difficult and sublime Diabelli Variations.
“To go from thinking my career might be over, to touring the country with one of the most demanding and sublime works in the repertoire has become a life-saving journey,” says Small. “I’m hoping that my story can resonate with others who have suffered setbacks and offer inspiration that you should never give up on your dreams. Sometimes what seems like a disaster can in fact be an opportunity to grow and challenge yourself in a whole new way.”
More information available at www.haskellsmall.com.