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Grand Encounters: Sara Davis Buechner

Starting on March 13, 2022 3:30 pm
Categories: Grand Encounters
Tags: Classical

We are pleased to welcome American Pianists Awards winner Sara Davis Buechner to the 2021-2022 Grand Encounters season!

Sunday, March 13 – 3:30pm
Indiana History Center


– Minuet from “Berenice” by G.F Handel, transcription by Mieczysław Munz

– Sonata in B flat major KV 333 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

– Five Spanish Pieces by Federico Longás


– "A New York Sketchbook" (1988) by Sara Davis Buechner

– Four Foxtrots by George Gershwin


A prominent concert pianist and educator, and Piano Magazine’s Artist of the Month for December 2021, Ms. Buechner will perform Sunday March 13th at 3:30 pm at the Indiana History Center in Indianapolis. This replaces a concert on the same date by Olga Kern, whose performance—due to a scheduling conflict—will be rescheduled in a future season.

Buechner was a winner of the first American Pianists Awards in 1981, a competition then run by the Beethoven Foundation and located in New York. The prize provided her entrance into the International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna, and she went on to win gold at the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and bronze at the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition.

“It was a very different organization [in 1981], and it has grown in wonderful and adventurous ways. I’m quite proud as it was one of the first big competitions that I won,” she notes.

As a transgender woman, Ms. Buechner uses her notoriety as a platform to advocate for transgender rights and recently debuted a one-woman show narrating her life story at Theaterlab in New York City.

“It is with great excitement and pride that in our 42nd year we still support and celebrate one of the first winners of our competition,” adds American Pianists Association CEO Peter Mraz.

Tickets are available at


In response to the recent dramatic rise in COVID-19 infections in Central Indiana and to safeguard the health and security of our guests, artists and staff, all attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination or negative test before entering concert venues.

Proof of vaccination or negative test can be provided by either the Bindle app or by showing a paper/digital vaccination card with a photo ID at entry.

Masks are required.

Tickets purchased before February 28 will be mailed to attendees. Later purchases will be available at will call.


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