Think of a typical college/university area recital. Well, that’s not what happened last Wednesday at the Piano & Strings Area Recital. Yes, there was a piano on stage in the hall. Yes, students performed pieces from the standard repertoire. Yes the audience was a mix of family and friends and those required to attend and get their music major cards stamped.
So what was so different? It was totally multi-generational, that’s what. The ages of the performers ranged from 14 up to nearly 60. Not only that, but the quality, depth, and enthusiasm of every performer was absolutely top notch. I was so proud of them all and of the fact that the whole evening was a testament to the lifelong journey that is music making.
Bet you can’t tell the ages of the performers from this list of pieces! (the answers, in general terms, are upside down at the bottom of this post. (HS High School / C College 18-25 / A Adult)
- Mozart: Rondo alla turca
- Bartok: Sonatina
- J.C. Bach: Viola Concerto in c minor
- J.S. Bach: Gigue from Partita in Bb
- Gillock: 2 Lyric Pieces
- Carroll: Fantasia in e minor (Bass)
- Creston: Pastoral Dance
- Mozart: Sonata in Bb I. Allegro
- Elgar: Violin Sonata I. Allegro
- Chopin: Nocturne in c minor Op. 48 No. 1
- Dvorak: 3 Slavonic Dances for 4 hands
“You need to find Waldo,” I said. It was true. Maggie was working on polishing the Bartok Sonatina and it needed character, action, detail, and nuance to truly come to life.
We talked about how there are so many details in each Waldo illustration that tell the story of exactly where Waldo is. There is . . . → Read More: PA Shorts: Finding Waldo
In this SuiteLinks: Chasing pianos, Wang & Hough talk, On creativity & talent, Concerto debut at 51, and more!
Wang on piano, conductors, & laundry
Lisitsa: Chasing Pianos
10 Reasons to Hug Your Accompanist
Concerto debut at 51
What creative people do
Hough on playing, programming, & life
Get Saavy Workshop
New piano . . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: April 12
Rhythm Cup Explorations: Wendy Stevens There’s a cup craze going around and Wendy Stevens is, as usual, using a craze to her advantage—this time to reinforce rhythms. Expect a great deal of laughter and silliness with these activities. They are great one on one or in groups. And, if you don’t know her Rhythm Menagerie . . . → Read More: Great Finds: Rhythm Cups, On Staff, & Jelly Note
In this SuiteLinks: How many cyclists does it take to haul a piano?, Mad pianist John Ogden, Machine of Dreams exhibition, Myra Hess & the duty of artists, and more!
Honorary doctorate for Lang Lang
How many cyclists does it take to haul a piano?
Music essay gets student into every Ivy League school
Slow . . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: April 5
Zack Rosenblatt / Arizona Daily Star
Last Saturday night, after our Wildcats lost to San Diego by a single point in overtime, there was a scuffle between students and police. Bottles were thrown. Words were exchanged. It made the national news. Awkward.
The “riot” was the talk of the town and the next day, . . . → Read More: Those Awkward Disappointments
In this SuiteLinks: Pianists as super-athletes, The Schindler of music, St Paul’s announces first female organist appt., New piano faculty at Juilliard, How a homeless student got to Carnegie Hall, Backyard soundproof piano shack, The case against music rubrics, and more!
How a homeless student got to Carnegie Hall
An afternoon of Puzzlers
1st female . . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: March 29
Pieces have been chosen. Dates have been set. Arrangements have been made. Yep, we are working toward spring masterclasses, recitals, and end of the year piano exams all right. In the last few months, nearly everyone who has walked in the studio door has had issues with rhythm. Cosmic unity? Sunspots? The after effects of . . . → Read More: Remix: Earthquakes, Bright and Shiny Objects, One Speed Ponies, & Time Travel
In this SuiteLinks: Broadway re-imaginings, Dueling pianos via hologram, It’s All About Piano 2014, Benefits of teaching chamber music, Bloggers vs. critic, and more!
Bloggers vs. critic
Politically correct warning labels
Eviction notice to beach piano man
10 worst things about being a pianist
Dueling pianos via hologram
Bringing classical piano to life
. . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: March 23
There are times when all of us are easily distracted by bright and shiny objects—diamonds, texts, emails, the slip of a finger, the person sitting in the front row, your next blog post… Have you ever woken up in the middle of a practice session and found that suddenly you have no idea how the . . . → Read More: Letting Distraction Go
In this SuiteLinks: Glazer at 99, Montero speaks out for country, Piano store owner survives blast, The Bach Machine, and more!
Interview with Frank Glazer at 99 (video)
Piano store owner survives blast
The lyrical Alexeev
Missing portrait of Bach seen again
Beatles’ piano to fetch handsome price
Piano transcription & orchestral versions contrasted
Montero . . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: March 15
Say hello to composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo. Ola’s concert works are performed all over the world and he recently finished a residency with the Phoenix Chorale. Both of his piano albums have been recognized for a wonderful spontaniety contrasted with contemplative melodic lines and rich harmonies. We audio chatted over Skype to bring you . . . → Read More: Artist Portrait: Ola Gjeilo
In this SuiteLinks: Musical hair from Old Spice, Wooden treasure chests, Lots of piano and sports, Response from Japan’s deaf composer, How Oscar winning movie on Herz-Sommer came about, and more!
Musical Hair does keyboard requests (only with Old Spice)
Almost a great?
French musicians: heroes or collaborators?
Pianists as athletes
Trifonov caresses and thunders
. . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: March 8
Last Wednesday evening I played a recital with Soprano Cynthia Sanner. It was a privilege to play the repertoire she had chosen—some works were new to me and others I had played before. I enjoyed looking at familiar pieces with new eyes and viewpoints and delving into the unfamiliar. The major highlight for me was . . . → Read More: Taking My Own Medicine
In this SuiteLinks: Hear the Van Cliburn memorial concert, Oppens at 70, On the uses of piano benches, Cliburn memorial replay, Meet Blind Boone, and more!
Oppens at 70
The big deal about Horowitz
Taking time to play
Late musical testaments
On the uses of piano benches
Suite for healing
Embracing jazz piano
Van . . . → Read More: SuiteLinks: March 1