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To Celebrate His 89th Birthday,
Piano Legend Byron Janis Releases Byron Janis Live On Tour, An album Of Never Before Released Live Recordings Of Performances By The Internationally Celebrated Pianist.
 

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A LIVING LEGEND

 

Byron Janis ( born March 24, 1928 ) is an American classical pianist. He has  made several recordings for RCA Victor and Mercury Record labels, and occupies two volumes of the Philips series Great Pianists of the 20th Century. His discography covers repertoire from Beethoven to David W. Guion and includes major piano concertos from Mozart to Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. His pianism has been described as combining a Horowitzian technique with a sublime musicality akin to Cortot's. He has a special affinity for Chopin and made a French film on him that was shown around the world. Janis is the National Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation, Chairman of the Global Forum Arts and Culture Committee, head of the Visual and Performing Arts in America, and member on the Board and the Music Advisory Committee for Pro Musicis.

 

 
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MILESTONES


1944

AT THE AGE OF 16, INVITED TO STUDY WITH VLADIMIR HOROWITZ, ONE OF THE GREATEST PIANISTS OF ALL TIME.


1947         

BYRON JANIS RECORDS HIS FIRST LP WITH RCA RECORDS AT THE AGE OF 19


1960

SELECTED AS THE 1ST AMERICAN TO BE SENT TO THE SOVIET UNION, HIS PERFORMANCES OPENING THE SUCCESSFUL EXCHANGE BETWEEN COLD WAR ADVERSARIES.


1984

WHITE HOUSE STATE DINNER HELD IN HIS HONOR, AT THE INVITATION OF PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN.


2012

First pianist to receive the V.E.R.A. (Voice Education Research Award) Award.


BYRON JANIS RELEASES NEVER BEFORE HEARD PIECES AFTER 20 YEARS AND ON THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PRESSING OF HIS FIRST LP

2017

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MUSIC

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"LIKE ANY MAN"

Music: Byron Janis

Lyrics: Hal Hackady

QUASIMODO

I LAUGH AND I CRY... JUST LIKE YOU

I DON’T ALWAYS KNOW WHAT TO DO...

LIKE YOU I HAVE DOUBTS...

AND I'VE TASTED FEAR

I ASKED GOD, WHO MADE ME, WHY HE PUT ME HERE!

 

MY THIRST AND HUNGER ARE REAL

I CAN'T ALWAYS SHOW WHAT I FEEL

I WAKE UP SOME DAYS

AND ASK MYSELF WHY

AND WONDER IF I'M ONLY LIVING TO DIE

 

I HAVE NIGHTS I DREAM

THAT I'M MADE OF STONE

THAT I DON'T HAVE A HEART

THAT I HAVE NEVER KNOWN

HOW IT HURTS TO LONG FOR LOVE!

 

AND GOD KNOWS HOW OFTEN I PRAY

THE WORLD MIGHT BE BLIND FOR A DAY

AND THEY WOULDN'T LAUGH

CUZ THEY COULDN'T SEE

THAT SOMETHING LIKE LOVE...

COMES FROM SOMETHING LIKE ME

FOR ONE LITTLE DAY....

WHAT I WOULDN'T GIVE

FOR ONE DAY TO LIVE...

LIKE ANY MAN!

 

I'M NOT MADE OF STONE

STONE COULD NEVER BE

ASHAMED TO HAVE THEM SEE

THE WAY THAT IT WAS MADE!

STONE haS NEVER PRAYED FOR LOVE

 

AND GOD KNOWS HOW OFTEN I PRAY

THE WORLD COULD BE BLIND FOR A DAY

THEN THEY WOULDN'T LAUGH

CUZ' THEY WOULDN'T SEE

THAT SOMETHING LIKE LOVE

COMES FROM SOMETHING LIKE ME

FOR ONE LITTLE DAY

WHAT I WOULDN’T GIVE

FOR ONE DAY TO LIVE

LIKE ANY MAN!

LIKE ANY MAN!

LIKE ANY MAN!

 

BLACKOUT

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"DAVID'S STAR"

Music: Byron Janis

Lyrics: Stefan Janis

A BARREN LAND, BEGGING FOR WATER,

OH ISRAEL, NOW YOU'RE TEEMING WITH GROVES.

SO MANY STONES BEING SPUN TO ALTER,

THE DESERT SANDS OUR FATHER ROVED.

A STRUGGLE WON, A COUNTY BORN, YES

FOREVERMORE, THROUGH ETERNITY,

OH! ISRAEL! LOOK, SEE. THE STAR OF DAVID SHINES OVER THEE.

 

ACROSS THIS LAND, WE REMEMBER,

OH ISRAEL! ALL THE PAIN OF YOUR PAST

WE DREAM A DREAM MOSES GAVE LONG AGO_O,

FOR EVERY CHILD THAT DREAM WILL LAST.

THIS IS A VOW EVERY PARENT MAKES_OH!

TO SEE THE DREAM, THE DREAM FULFILLED.

OH! ISRAEL! LOOK, SEE? THE STAR OF DAVID SHINES OVER THEE.

 

FEEL THE NEW DAY DAWNING.

HEAR THE SHOFAR'S CALL

FEEL THE DEEP YEARNING

TO TOUCH THE ANCIENT WALL.

UP FROM EVERY VALLEY,

DOWN FROM EACH AND EVERY MOUNTAIN

WE MEE, WARRIORS OF ZION

AND WE PRAY   AND WE PRAY FOR PEACE.

 

OH! TEL AVIV. BLESSED JERUSALEM!

TWO SHINING STARS IN OUR GREAT ENDLESS POEM.

THE DESERT SANDS OUR FATHER ROVED.

A STRUGGLE WON, A COUNTY BORN, YES

FOREVERMORE, THROUGH ETERNITY,

OH! ISRAEL! LOOK, SEE. THE STAR OF DAVID SHINES OVER THEE.

 

ACROSS THIS LAND, WE REMEMBER,

OH ISRAEL! ALL THE PAIN OF YOUR PAST

WE DREAM A DREAM MOSES GAVE LONG AGO_O,

FOR EVERY CHILD THAT DREAM WILL LAST.

THIS IS A VOW EVERY PARENT MAKES_OH!

TO SEE THE DREAM, THE DREAM FULFILLED.

OH! ISRAEL! LOOK, SEE? THE STAR OF DAVID SHINES OVER THEE.

 

FEEL THE NEW DAY DAWNING.

HEAR THE SHOFAR'S CALL

FEEL THE DEEP YEARNING

TO TOUCH THE ANCIENT WALL.

UP FROM EVERY VALLEY,

DOWN FROM EACH AND EVERY MOUNTAIN

WE MEE, WARRIORS OF ZION

AND WE PRAY   AND WE PRAY FOR PEACE.

 

OH! TEL AVIV. BLESSED JERUSALEM!

TWO SHINING STARS IN OUR GREAT ENDLESS POEM.

SING FORTH THEIR JOYS, AND LIGHT UP THE WAY

TO SEE THE DREAM, THE DREAM FULFILLED

OH ISRAEL! YOU WONT BE STILLED —- NO.

FOREVERMORE   THROUGH ETERNITY,

OH ISRAEL! CAN'T YOU SEE, THE STAR OF DAVID SHINES OVER THEE!

OH ISRAEL! CAN'T YOU SEE, THE STAR OF DAVID SHINES OVER THEE.

 

"YOU ARE MORE"

Music: Byron Janis

Lyrics: Hal Hackady

YOU ARE MORE

THAN A NIGHT OF SURRENDER...

THAN A MOMENT OF SPLENDOR...

MORE THAN A KISS AND GOODBYE

 

ALL THE PROMISE BEFORE

CAN'T COMPARE TO THE AFTER

ALL THE RARE OF THE AFTER

LOVE DIDN'T STOP TO ASK WHY

 

I'VE PRETENDED TO FEEL LOVE

THAT WAS ALL I COULD DO!

NO ONE MAKE ME FEEL REAL LOVE

UNTIL...

UNTIL YOU!

 

I WOULD DREAM

LOVE HAD FINALLY FOUND ME

STARS EXPLODED AROUND ME

I OPENED HEAVEN'S OWN DOOR

YOU'RE NO DREAM...

YOU ARE MORE!