Composer Joan Tower was the eminent guest [at the IU New Music Ensemble Concert on Friday, April 19, 2013]. Three of her works were featured. "Ivory and Ebony," not to be confused with the Paul McCartney song, "Ebony and Ivory," brought an accomplished
Clare Longendyke to the Steinway for an impressively exhaustive and imaginative exploration of the keyboard's white and black keys.
Thrilled to have been reviewed by Peter Jacobi in the Bloomington Herald Times after Friday night's New Music Ensemble concert! I'm looking forward to playing the piece again at the New Music on the Point Festival in Vermont in June!
And just like that, it's over! Unbelievable... Both concerts were huge successes and I've been lucky to have the opportunity to perform such thrilling music (all to be performed again soon in Minneapolis on May 12 at the Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church).
Getting to meet and work with American composer Joan Tower was phenomenal! After a brief rehearsal with her solo piano piece "Ivory and Ebony (2009)" on Friday morning (still exhausted from the marathon performance of the night before), Joan and I went to lunch together and chatted about future performances, composition, and the state of classical music in America. The performance was a huge success and I hope to continue playing her pieces far into the future - what a talented composer!
Thanks to all who were in attendance Thursday and Friday nights - more music sharing soon!
It's going to be a big rush to the weekend: two back to back concerts tonight and tomorrow. The first, my Master's Recital at Indiana University, a solo concert featuring works by Bach, Schubert, Chopin and Bartók; the second a solo appearance as part of the IU New Music Ensemble Concert Friday evening. We have the distinct honor of welcoming American composer Joan Tower to IU for this concert cycle and I will be performing her solo piano piece "Ivory and Ebony" (2009) as part of a program that also features her String Quartet No. 4 "Angels," her Brass Quintet, Benjamin Britten's Sinfonietta, Opus 1 (1932) and a commission by one of IU fantastic student composers.
Come one come all Thursday and Friday nights to Indiana University's Auer Hall - more info in the "Performances" section
Summer plans confirmed! I bought my plane ticket to Paris this morning (pre-Dress Rehearsal/Recording Session) and will be joining the students and faculty of the European American Music Alliance for a third summer before I head south for Prades, France, home of the Pablo Casals Festival and Young Artist Academy. Last year I attended the academy as a student and this year, I'm proud to count myself among the staff as a Collaborative Pianist for the two week music workshop. How exciting!
Just heard that I was awarded an IU Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) Travel Grant to fund my trip to Leicester, Vermont for the New Music on the Point Festival in June! I was one of only fifteen grantees chosen out of 125 applicants! Thanks GPSO!
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