Solo Recital - Winner of the 2017 American Pianists Association Classical Competition - Friday, 8:00pm
In collaboration with the American Pianists Association, we are excited to present a recital by the winner of the 2017 American Pianists Association Classical Competition. The American Pianists Association nurtures the artistic growth of America's top young pianists by focusing on creative expression and career development. Founded in 1979, the APA's unique and innovative competitions span 13 months and provide a platform to deeply engage musical artists in a variety of creative formats and settings. Winners receive cash and two-years of career advancement and support valued at over $100,000, making this one of the most coveted prizes in the music world. More information on the competition and finalists can be found at www.americanpianists.org. The winner will be announced in April 2017.
Soundings, a work by Dan Visconti - Friday, 1:30pm
Fifth House Ensemble will perform Soundings by composer Dan Visconti, who worked closely with the group to create a work that is uniquely representative of the musicians in the ensemble.
The Chicago-Based Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.” Having pioneered the art of narrative chamber music, 5HE’s innovative programs engage audiences through their connective programming and unexpected performance venues.
Bridging the Two Sides of Live Performance: From Written Classics to Unwritten Live Improvisation
Join pianist, composer, and improviser Charlie Albright in concert to explore the two critical sides of live performance: written, prepared works and unwritten, pure improvisation. Whereas the former is prepared and perfected over time as the “norm” in today’s concert scene, improvisation stems from before the creation of written music. Live improv allows an immediate and unedited connection between music, performer, and audience that stands alone in time; never again can an identical performance and experience occur. Join Mr. Albright as he shares both of these unique sides of live performance, bridging the gap between composer and performer.
Charlie Albright is a classical pianist, composer, and improviser hailed as “among the finest musicians of his generation” (Washington Post) with “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality throughout,” (New York Times). A graduate of Harvard College, the New England Conservatory, and the Juilliard School, Albright tours worldwide and has performed with such artists as violinist Joshua Bell, vocalist Bobby McFerrin, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Seymour Bernstein's "New Pictures at an Exhibition"
Seymour Bernstein, winner of the 2015 Frances Clark Pedagogy Award, is widely known as concert pianist, teacher, author and composer. New Pictures at an Exhibition is his most significant large-scale work for advanced pianists. This session will include a performance of the work. Discussion points will include its creative imagery, the stories connected to each individual title and compositional points of interest.
Steinway Artist Jerry Wong has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He holds the position of Associate Professor at Kent State University in Ohio. Mr. Wong has presented lecture recitals at Music Teachers National Association state and national conferences and frequently publishes articles in Clavier Companion.