Student Recital – Spring 2016

On April 18, 2016, the students taking applied music lessons gave a recital to showcase their accomplishments during the semester.

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Cierra Snyder, piano, performed Sarabande by Arcangelo Corelli.

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Tanya Gutterson, guitar, performed Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings.

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Lindsey Bost, soprano, performed Down by the Sally Gardens arranged by Benjamin Britten. She was accompanied by Dr. Kelly Lynch on piano.

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Justine Barry, mezzo-soprano, performed Wehmuth Op. 39 No. 9 by Robert Schumann and When I am Laid in Earth from Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell. She was accompanied by Walter Morales, piano.

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Kathryn Polaski, piano, performed Johannes Brahms’ Rhapsody in G minor, Op. 79 No. 2.

 

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Francesca Fello, soprano, performed Die Forelle by Franz Schubert and Silent Noon by Ralph Vaughan Williams. She was accompanied by Walter Morales, piano.

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Ms. Fello is a Minna Kaufmann Ruud Scholar at Chatham University.

 

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Elizabeth Romano, soprano, performed Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Bright is the Ring of Words and Ma rendi pur content by Vincenzo Bellini. She was accompanied by Walter Morales, piano.

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Ms. Romano is a Minna Kaufmann Ruud Scholar at Chatham University.

*No photo: Hannah Gregor, piano, performed Ivan Sings by Aram Khachaturian.

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Nathan Steineck, piano, performed Robert Schumann’s Petite étude, op. 68, Arietta Op. 12 No. 1 from Lyric pieces by Edvard Griet, and Etude Op. 10 No. 9 by Frédéric Chopin.

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Sarah Weinschenker, soprano, performed Ach, ich fühls from Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. She was accompanied by Walter Morales.

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Ms. Weinschenker was a Minna Kaufmann Ruud Scholar at Chatham University. She graduated in May 2016.

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Hannah Gregor, mezzo-soprano, performed Come Away, Death by Gerald Finzi, Près des remparts de Seville from Carmen by Georges Bizet, and Amours, viens aider ma faiblesse from Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns. She was accompanied by Walter Morales, piano. Ms. Gregor is a Minna Kaufmann Ruud Scholar at Chatham University.

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Mingyao Xu, piano, performed Prelude and Fugue in E major, BWV 854, from Well Tempered Clavier, Book I, by Johann Sebastian Bach and Etude Op. 25 No. 12 by Frédéric Chopin.

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Francesca Fello, soprano, and Elizabeth Romano, soprano, performed the duet Laudamus Te, from Gloria, by Antonio Vivaldi.

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Hannah Gregor, mezzo-soprano, and Sarah Weinschenker, soprano, performed Quis est homo, from Stabat Mater, by Gioacchino Rossini to end the recital.

28. May 2016 by hgregor
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An Evening of Chamber Music

On April 9, 2016, Roy Sonne, violin, Yeeha Chiu, piano, and Adam Liu, cello, gave a superb performance of chamber music. Some pieces were for trio, while others were duets. Pieces included were composed by Haydn, Arensky, Beach, Rachmaninoff, and Bloch.

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Roy Sonne, violin, Yeeha Chiu, piano, and Adam Liu, cello, pose together after the performance.

 

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The performers pose with Chatham students and faculty.

28. May 2016 by hgregor
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University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, lead by conductor Roger Zahab, gave an exceptional performance of challenging pieces on March 20, 2016.

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28. May 2016 by hgregor
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Music for Viola: Traditional and Modern

On March 18, 2016, Hannah Levinson, viola, and Eric Moe, piano, gave a wonderful performance of music written for viola.

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Hannah Levinson, viola, and Eric Moe, piano pose with Chatham University students after the performance.

Hannah Levinson, viola, and Eric Moe, piano, pose with Chatham University students after the performance.

28. May 2016 by hgregor
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Rachmaninoff and Ragtime

On February 20, 2016, William McNally, piano, gave a wonderful performance of Rachmaninoff pieces and Ragtime music.

Accompanying artwork

Accompanying artwork

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Chatham students Seyeon Yoon and Hyeyoung Baek eagerly await the performance.

 

Mr. McNally welcomes audience members to his performance.

Mr. McNally welcomes audience members to his performance.

Mr. McNally performed Rachmaninoff's c# minor prelude and Op. 23 Preludes

Mr. McNally performed Rachmaninoff’s c# minor prelude and Op. 23 Preludes

Audience members mill about at intermission, viewing the artwork and discussing the performance.

Audience members mill about at intermission, viewing the artwork and discussing the performance.

Mr. McNally performed ragtime pieces by Scott Joplin, "Zez" Confrey, and one of his own compositions.

Mr. McNally performed ragtime pieces by Scott Joplin, “Zez” Confrey, and one of his own compositions.

Pittsburgh native William McNally began his formal piano studies at age seven. Shortly after his ninth birthday, he performed for the first time in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the AMSA World Piano Competition, and has since returned often, including once in Stern Auditorium as principal bassist of the Mt. Lebanon H.S. Orchestra, again in Weill Hall in a solo piano recital as winner of the Artists International competition, and more recently in Zankel Hall as director of two opera-shorts presented by the Remarkable Theatre Brigade. Familiar to audiences around New York, he has also performed in Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Elebash Hall, LeFrak Hall, and other venues.

In 2013, Mr. McNally released a recording of works by Brahms, Reger and Busoni as part of the Victor Elmaleh Collection of piano recitals. Anthoni Tommasini of the New York Times has called his playing “exhilarating” “adventurous,” and “commanding,” and Rob Haskins of the American Record Guide lauds Mr. McNally’s “crystal-clear articulation and phrasing” and his “indefinable enthusiasm.”

A multifaceted musician, Mr. McNally has been widely recognized as a ragtime pianist and composer of numerous ragtime-styled works. He is the first three-time winner the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest’ New Rag Contest (winning it a fourth time as the performer of colleague Vincent Matthew Johnson’s composition …And So Fourth!), and has appeared at ragtime festivals around the country. A CD release (Chickens ‘n’ Kittens: a Ragtime Coup) follows his particular interest in modern and classically trained ragtime composers, including Bolcom and Godowsky. He has presented papers on the transatlantic voyages of ragtime at the Society for American Music 2014 Conference and at the International Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, MO.

In the spring of 2008, Mr. McNally inaugurated the Music4MS concert series, in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. He produced, directed, performed on, and wrote program notes for the series, which featured some of the brightest rising stars on the classical scene. Since 2011 he has served as Artistic Director of the Music at St. Luke’s concert series in East Hampton, where he has presented such artists as the Verona and Amphion String Quartets, pianists Daria Rabotkina, Inna Faliks, and Gleb Ivanov, TenetNYC and tenor Robert White. Mr. McNally also currently serves as Secretary of the Musicians Club of New York, an organization founded more than a century ago by conductor Walter Damrosch, and sustained by conductor and composer Serge Koussevitsky.

Mr. McNally is a veteran of numerous summer festivals, including Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Mannes’ International Keyboard Institute and Festival. In the summer of 2010, he received a fellowship to attend the Tanglewood Music Center. There, he collaborated on a premiere dance performance with the Mark Morris Dance Company, coached with musicians including Emanuel Ax, Peter Serkin, Dawn Upshaw and Oliver Knussen, and his performance of George Perle’s Concertino for Piano, Winds and Timpani was hailed as a “powerful performance” by the New York Times. Mr. McNally’s affiliation with Pianofest in the Hamptons spanned five seasons, where he served as Dean of Students. The roast chickens he produced there still garner raves.

Mr. McNally studied at the Mannes College of Music, receiving Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees in piano performance. Following Mannes, he received a second Masters degree from Temple University, this time with a double major in piano pedagogy and chamber music. There he studied piano with Harvey Wedeen and collaborative piano with Lambert Orkis. He has performed in the master classes of such artists as Sergei Babayan, Claude Frank, Paul Schenly, Peter Serkin, Arie Vardi and Earl Wild, to name a few.

Recently, Mr. McNally served as Adjunct Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence at Temple University and taught at Settlement Music School. In April of 2015 he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree together with a Doctoral Certificate in American Studies at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center; there he studied with Ursula Oppens. His dissertation, Ragtime Then and Now: Composers and Audiences from the Ragtime Era to the Ragtime Revival, is currently being prepared for publication. He has served on the faculty at Queens College and Baruch College, and also worked at Queens College as a writing fellow.

28. February 2016 by hgregor
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The Evolution of the Silent Spring Project

The Evolution of the Silent Spring Project
Music by Mark Fromm

A Citizen of the 21st Century Looks Back (2009)
(excerpts)
Sonata Deus Ex Machina (2006)
I. Deus Ex
Borealis (2005)
II. Dance
e to the x (2013)
Silent Spring (2012)

Trillium Ensemble is Pittsburgh’s only professional chamber music trio with the unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet and piano. Members Elise DePasquale, Rachael Stutzman, and Katie Palumbo are dedicated to performing a wide range of musical styles at the highest artistic level, while maintaining a special passion for recently composed music and collaboration with composers to create new works. Since its inception in 2010, Trillium Ensemble has premiered and commissioned works by composers Fernando Benadon, Christopher Catone, Mark S. Fromm, Federico Garcia, Nathan Hall, Matthew Heap, Scott Steele, and David B. Thomas. In the spring of 2015, American University (D.C.) invited the trio to participate in a residency where they read and performed student compositions, held a masterclass for students performing contemporary chamber works, and performed a concert of which included the music of American University faculty, Heap and Benadon. In Pittsburgh, the ensemble has performed in several of the city’s concert series including Bach, Beethoven and Brunch, Friday Afternoon Musicale Series at Chatham University, and Artful Wednesdays Series at the University of Pittsburgh. Trillium has also participated in the 2014 Pittsburgh Festival of New Music’s Soundpike and often performs live on Pittsburgh’s classical music station, WQED 89.3 FM. Embracing chamber music’s unique ability to intimately engage audiences, Trillium Ensemble seeks out creative ways to connect with its listeners. Performances include discussions about music and invitations for active audience participation. Trillium Ensemble enjoys collaborating with composers, visual artists, and videographers to present contemporary music in fresh and innovative ways. Upcoming projects of this kind include a collaboration titled The Silent Spring Project with composer Mark Fromm, sound engineer Don Maue, and producer Jason Allison, as part of the 2015-2016 season of the New Hazlett Theater’s Community Shared Art (CSA) Performance Series. The Silent Spring Project is an immersive musical experience, surrounding the audience with sound, light, music, and storytelling. Inspired by the writing of Pittsburgh native Rachel Carson and Buckminster Fuller, the Silent Spring Project explores our ideas of environmentalism, sustainability, and humanity’s role in the natural world. As part of their CSA Performance on April 14, 2016, the trio will be releasing their debut CD of Fromm’s five chamber pieces that inspired the Silent Spring Project.

Mark Fromm is a composer, musician, teacher, and artist who is fascinated and inspired by science, nature, astronomy, cosmology, and the unknown: ideas which he strives to bring to life in his work. His best work has come from commissions and the resulting collaboration with performers and conductors, including The Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra, for whom he wrote the tone poem Frick Gates; the Baltimore ensemble Symphony Number One, writing his own Symphony No. 1; Carnegie Mellon University’s incredible Contemporary Music Ensemble, writing his contrabassoon concerto Lingua Cosmica, which, as a bassoon player, was a dream come true; and the Pittsburgh trio Trillium Ensemble, writing Silent Spring, based on ideas from Rachel Carson’s landmark book of the same name. Fromm was born and raised in Pittsburgh and received his BFA in Composition from Carnegie Mellon, studying with Nancy Galbraith, Leonardo Balada, and Efrain Amaya. He then moved to Montreal to earn his master’s degree at McGill University, studying with John Rea, before returning to Pittsburgh and earning his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh, studying with Amy Williams, Mathew Rosenblum, and Eric Moe. He now teaches music theory, composition, solfege, and rock orchestra at the Creative and Performing Arts School for grades 6-12 in downtown Pittsburgh to some of the most creative and motivated young musicians in the area. The 2014-15 school year was a whirlwind of activity with the commissioning, composing, and premiering of his contrabassoon concerto and his first symphony, both longer than any other pieces he had ever written. In 2016 he is looking forward to the performance of an ongoing collaboration with Trillium Ensemble; they are putting together a performance of five of his chamber pieces called The Silent Spring Project, which will be brought to life with live electronics, lighting, projections, and geodesic domes as part of the New Hazlett Theater’s CSA series.

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Pre performance

Pre performance

Rachael Stutzman, clarinet, introduces the group.

Rachael Stutzman, clarinet, introduces the group.

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The group’s first piece was excerpts from “A Citizen of the 21st Century Looks Back”, written in 2009.

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The second piece was “Sonata Deus Ex Machina”, written in 2006. The Sonata is a duet for bass clarinet and piano.

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“Borealis” is a duet for flute and piano.

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Bound copy of the score for all five pieces was on display for audience members to view.

Bound copy of the score for all five pieces was on display for audience members to view.

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The first two pages of “Silent Spring”, the final piece in the group’s performance.

The Trillium Ensemble posed with Chatham community members. Left to right: Chatham student Sidony Ridge, Elise DePasquale, Katie Palumbo, Rachael Stutzman, Dr. Mark Fromm, adjunct faculty member Paula Tuttle, and Chatham student Cierra Snyder.

The Trillium Ensemble posed with Chatham community members. Left to right: Chatham student Sidony Ridge, Elise DePasquale, Katie Palumbo, Rachael Stutzman, Dr. Mark Fromm, adjunct faculty member Paula Tuttle, and Chatham student Cierra Snyder.

Katie Palumbo poses with Chatham Music faculty member Pauline Rovkah after the performance.

Katie Palumbo poses with Chatham Music faculty member Pauline Rovkah after the performance.

28. February 2016 by hgregor
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Strings Only

On February 4, 2016, the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh gave a strings only performance. The Chatham Choir joined the Chamber Orchestra for two songs.

Chamber Orchestra Members
Edward Leonard, Conductor
Violin I: Anne Jackovic, Concertmaster; Dawn Posey; Jennifer Madge
Violin II: Rachel White; Sandro Leal-Santiesteban; Carrie Erdely
Viola: J. J. Johnson; Ji Young Nam
Cello: Kathleen Caballero; Freya Samuels
Bass: Amanda Rice-Johnston

Chatham Choir Members
Stacey Conner, Choral Master
Soprano I: Lindsey Bost, Natalie Coyne, Francesca Fello, Mayuko Harada, Michaela Keating, Alexis McKenna, Sarah Weinschenker
Soprano II: Justine Barry, Bethany Bookout, Jodikaye Richards, Elizabeth Romano, Lauren Rosedale, Taylor Yester
Alto: Hannah Gregor, Ivy Kuhrman, Annette McHaddon, Marisa Rosner, Carina Stopenski, Seyeon Yoon

Pre-performance string quartet

Pre-performance string quartet

The Chatham Choir waits for the performance to begin

The Chatham Choir waits for the performance to begin

The Chamber Orchestra performed W. A. Mozart's Fuges K405, Nos. 1, 2, 3, & 5

The Chamber Orchestra performed W. A. Mozart’s Fuges K405, Nos. 1, 2, 3, & 5

They also performed Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite

They also performed Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite

Ryan McMasters introduces the world premier of his piece, "On Light"

Ryan McMasters introduces the world premier of his piece, “On Light”

After intermission, the Chatham Choir joined the Chamber Orchestra to perform Movement II, Psalm 23 from Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms

After intermission, the Chatham Choir joined the Chamber Orchestra to perform Movement II, Psalm 23 from Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms

The Choir also performed No. 6 i thank You God from Ronald Perera's earthsongs

The Choir also performed No. 6 i thank You God from Ronald Perera’s earthsongs with the Chamber Orchestra

The final piece performed was Antonín Dvořák's Serenade for Strings

The final piece performed was Antonín Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings

The Chamber Orchestra takes their bows to immense applause

The Chamber Orchestra takes their bows to immense applause

Post-concert reception

Post-concert reception

Listen to the Chamber Orchestra and Choir perform Movement II, Psalm 23 by Leonard Bernstein here: https://soundcloud.com/davidsykut/chamber-orchestra-of-pittsburgh-chichester-psalms-movement-ii-psalm-23

10. February 2016 by hgregor
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French Liaisons

On January 23, 2016, the Kassia Ensemble gave an exceptional premier performance.

The Kassia Ensemble is a newly formed chamber group in the city of Pittsburgh. Comprised exclusively of women, its members also hold positions in the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet, the West Virginia Symphony, the Wheeling Symphony, and the Canton Symphony Orchestras.

The members of the Kassia Ensemble came together in an effort to supersede the gender barrier that is prevalent in classical music. The decision was made to form an all-female ensemble in efforts to create an empowering environment of mutual respect and support, which frees women to collaborate and express themselves at the highest levels of musicianship, artistry, and performance. The Kassia Ensemble promotes female entrepreneurship and leadership in the arts, while simultaneously embracing the performers’ unique experiences as women that deepen and expand their own creative output.

Kassia Ensemble offers unique programming, from the classics to contemporary music, highlighting male and female composers from the past and the present. Their flexible instrumentation allows for refreshing variety in performance. A concert experience may include everything from a harp trio to a large mixed instrumentation ensemble, all in one sitting.

As a result of their own life experiences, the members of the Kassia Ensemble feel a sense of responsibility to use their talents to promote social justice and engage in charitable projects that benefit women.

Kassia was a Byzantine abbess, poet, composer, and hymnographer, whose talent and character serve as inspiration for the ensemble.

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Pre-performance audience

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Artwork by local female Pittsburgh artists. For a comprehensive list of displayed works, visit http://issuu.com/fcflaherty/docs/french-liaisons For purchase inquiries, email fcflaherty@gmail.com

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Left to Right: Dawn Posey, violin; Nuiko Wadden, harp; Katya Janpoladyan, violincello. Katya welcomes the audience, giving a brief description of the ensemble, as well as the pieces to be performed.

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The trio performed Trio for Violin, Cello, and Harp by Jacques Ibert and the Trio for Violin, Cello, and Harp by Henriette Renie.

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The audience actively chatted and looked at the artwork during the intermission.

 

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Narrator Emily Stewart reads a summary of Le Masque de la Mort rouge by Edgar Allen Poe.

Mask of the Red Death

Circling the prey she covets, Death, a horrible and fatale specter, haunts the region…In an atmosphere of distress and terror, where death is abrupt and hideous, the appearance of the Mask of the Red Death, whose diabolic grin denounces joy, is pitiless …

To defy the plague, a young prince and his friends celebrate joyously in a fortified abbey, in which the exits have been carefully blocked.

There the Prince entertains his friends with a masked ball of strange magnificence, and his bizarre taste provides more entertainment with the party: What a decadent tableau is this!

However, each time the strange and ominous voice of the grandfather clock strikes the hours, the gaiety of the dancers seems paralyzed.

Hardly have the echoes of the strikes faded, when a nervous laughter circulates among the guests.

The festivities begin again, but this time with less spirit, affected by the memories of those bell tolls; However, little by little, the music speeds. The couples feverishly whirl, when, suddenly, the Prince gives an abrupt gesture and the musicians stop.

In the shade of the clock, which is heavily striking midnight, there appears, unmoving, a character wrapped in a shroud.

All are seized by a mortal terror.

The Red Death had come like a thief in the night!

The guests fall convulsively one after another as the rooms of this orgy are flooded in a bloody dew.

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Le Masque de la Mort rouge

 

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After a wonderful performance, the Kassia Ensemble acknowledges the audience’s applause and leaves to mingle over a reception.

For short video clips, visit our YouTube page at Chatham University Music Program.

 

10. February 2016 by hgregor
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Beethoven Piano Sonatas V

On Friday, January 15, 2016, Walter Morales performed his fifth installment of Beethoven Piano Sonatas.

 

Full House for Mr. Morales' performance

Full house for Mr. Morales’ performance

Listening with rapt attention

Listening with rapt attention

Walter Morales welcomes everyone to his performance

Mr. Morales welcomes the audience to his performance and briefly introduces the pieces.

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Walter no cap

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Mr. Morales poses for a photo with Chatham students Lindsey Bost and Sidony Ridge after the performance.

 

09. February 2016 by hgregor
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Beethoven Piano Sonatas V

On January 15, 2016, Walter Morales, piano, performed the fifth installment of his Beethoven Piano Sonata series.

 

Mr. Morales welcomes the audience to his performance and gives some background on the pieces.

Mr. Morales welcomes the audience to his performance and gives some background on the pieces.

Wonderful turnout for Mr. Morales' performance - over 40 people in attendance!

Wonderful turnout for Mr. Morales’ performance – over 40 people in attendance!

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Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1

22. January 2016 by hgregor
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