This weekend I had the privilege of viewing a performance of the famous pianist and composer Leonid Ptashka.
I’m impressed by his show and here’s why.
Even though it was his first visit to our town, Leonid Ptashka at once hit the right note with the public. Since the first minutes on stage he grabbed our attention and was maintaining contact with the audience during the whole performance emanating an ineffable powerful energy.
Ptashka is a well-known improviser.
We’ve heard the music by George Gershwin, The Beatles music (in honor of the 75th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth) and Jewish music. During Hava Nagila improvisation it seemed that at some point even the most Russian Russians felt their Jewish roots.
It doesn’t even occur to me that a pianist can go from one famous song to another so smoothly that I wasn’t able to notice when exactly one melody turned into another. The thing is you never know what Leonid will play next. Every moment of the concert is a big pleasant surprise.
The audience was enthralled by Leonid’s ability to perform with such ease and gusto. Like a kid with his favourite toys he himself derived great joy in performing and hearing our reaction. So this exhilarating energy certainly was transferred to the audience.
Now I know I will seize every other opportunity to visit his performances.