Just returned from another two-piano, eight-hand concert in Florida with Rebecca Penneys, Johnandrew Slominski and Eunmi Ko. We played at St. Petersburg College on Friday, May 17, 2013. For the first time in 8-hand history — as far as I know — Ray Gottlieb had a guest appearance on the program (Gillock’s Champagne Toccata). This concert was a warm-up for our concert in August, as part of the new Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival.
I’m extremely excited about my performance tomorrow with bass-baritone Tim Hill. We’ll be presenting the NC premiere of A Live Oak Growing, a song cycle by Clint Borzoni, set to texts from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Tim has been a delight to work with and Borzoni’s songs are a real journey through a man’s coming of age. On the first half of the program we’ll also perform three song by Brahms (including “Sapphische Ode”), the Jacques Ibert Don Quichotte songs and a fantastic Mozart aria, “Così dunque tradisci”. The recital will take place in Whitley Auditorium, on the campus of Elon University. Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.
I was up at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA on the weekend of Sep. 8, where I had the pleasure of performing Rzewski’s People on their Guest Artist series. While there, I gave a talk in a BFA Colloquium class about the People United, its structure, style, and extra-musical connections. I also taught a student of Dr. Emily Chua (she played Beethoven, Op. 109/I for me). Thanks to my hosts who took such good care of me. Prior to visiting Randolph I was interviewed on Classics Radio (91.7 FM in Lynchburg) and here’s the audio from my interview with host Keith Peters.
Just returned from a weeklong stay in Columbia, SC, where I recorded Rzewski’s “36 Variations on The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” The recording took place in the Recital Hall at University of South Carolina, School of Music. The producer was Gavin Chuck (managing director of Alarm Will Sound), and the audio engineer was Jeff Francis. Post-production has just begun. Stay tuned!
Back from a week at the Chautauqua Institution, where I participated in a two-piano, 8-hand concert with Rebecca Penneys, John Milbauer, and Nikki Melville. The concert took place on Friday, July 27, 2012, at Lenna Hall. Now gearing up for my CD recording of Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (1975).
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§ Apr. 14, 2012: Performance at Virginia Tech
On April 14, 2012 I presented Rzewski’s “36 Variations on The People United Will Never Be Defeated! ”at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA. Before playing I gave a talk (with slides and video) about the work’s origin, issues of borrowing and influence, as well as its political connotations.
§ Mar. 1-2, 2012: Masterclass and Performance at Duke University
On March 2, 2012 I presented Rzewski’s “36 Variations on The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” at Duke University’s Nelson Room. The concert also included Michael Trinastic’s opera The Yellow Wallpaper. One day earlier, on March 1, 2012, I led a piano masterclass for Duke piano students, with an emphasis on 20th- and 21st-century repertoire.