Piano Fantastique: An Afternoon of Piano Fantasies

Please join us in James Laughlin Music Center on Friday, February 17 at 4 pm as the Chatham University Friday Musicale series presents pianist Nanette Kaplan Solomon in a virtuosic and poetic journey through the beloved genre of the piano fantasy. Beginning with J.S. Bach’s delightful Fantasia in C Minor, the program also features the magnificent C Major Fantasy , op. 17, by Robert Schumann, lush, romantic Fantasy Pieces by the little-known Croatian composer Dora Pejacevic, Fantasie Negre no. 2 by American composer Florence Price, and William Hirtz ‘s (a Pittsburgh native) whirlwind tour of the iconic Harold Arlen tunes in his Wizard of Oz Fantasy.

31. January 2023 by northern.wincek
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Student Recital

Join us next Monday, December 5th, for two recitals of students from the music program to show the culmination of their efforts from throughout the fall semester. More information will be available soon as to who will perform in which recital, which will occur at 4pm and 6pm. Please reach out to rovkah@chatham.edu if you have any questions.

05. December 2022 by northern.wincek
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Homage: Melody S. Quah, piano

Join the Chatham University Music Program for our next Friday Afternoon Musicale on November 18th at 4 pm, in the Founder’s Room at James Laughlin Music Hall. Melody Quah will be playing a series of pieces: Homage: Contemporary works by Jimmy López, Tania León, Parisa Sabet, and “Kriesleriana” Op. 16 by Schumann. We hope to see you there!

Pianist Melody Quah presents a recital of homages, featuring music by Ferruccio Busoni, Adeline Wong, Tania León and Robert Schumann. Busoni’s arrangement of Bach’s D-minor Chaconne for violin frames a Baroque masterpiece within the Italian composer’s Romantic lens, while Malaysian composer Adeline Wong takes inspiration from the humor and playfulness found in Bach’s Goldberg Variations. In Homenatge, Tania León pays tribute to her Cuban roots and the composer Xavier Montsalvatge. The recital concludes with Schumann’s timeless Kreisleriana, Op. 16, a piece inspired by E.T.A. Hoffman’s literary character, the eccentric and wild Johannes Kreisler.

Described as a “poet with titanium fingers” by the Vancouver Sun, Dr. Melody Quah has performed extensively on the stages of her native Malaysia as well as across Asia, Europe and North America. Quah’s music career encompasses a wide range of activities — soloist, collaborative pianist, chamber musician, educator, adjudicator, masterclass clinician, and music director.

 

03. November 2022 by northern.wincek
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Ukrainian Composer Valentin Silvestrov: Complete Piano Sonatas

Join the Chatham University Music Program next Friday, October 21st at 4pm for a Friday Afternoon Musicale performed by pianist James Iman.

One of the greatest composers of our time, Valentin Silvestrov withdrew from public attention in the 1970s, and rejected his earlier modernist style. The three sonatas presented here exemplify his period of transition. Each presents elements of modernism (atonality, extended techniques, etc.) and a renewed interest in tonality/modality, as well as classical structures. Silvestrov has remained creatively independent and in recent decades has shed avant-garde devices and discovered a style which he calls “metamusic” (a truncation of “metaphorical music.” His work, Der Bote (The Messenger), has become his most well-known of his later style.

Watch James Iman’s introduction video here: https://youtu.be/TpilDcbbOeU

13. October 2022 by northern.wincek
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Friday Afternoon Musicale: Valentin Silvestrov

One of the greatest composers of our time, Valentin Silvestrov withdrew from public attention in the 1970s, and rejected his earlier modernist style. The three sonatas presented here exemplify his period of transition. Each presents elements of modernism (atonality, extended techniques, etc.) and a renewed interest in tonality/modality, as well as classical structures. Silvestrov has remained creatively independent and in recent decades has shed avant-garde devices and discovered a style which he calls “metamusic” (a truncation of “metaphorical music.” His work, Der Bote (The Messenger), has become his most well-known of his later style. James Iman created an introduction for this program that you can watch here.

You can watch his performance from October 21, 2022 at this link.

 

12. October 2022 by northern.wincek
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Upcoming Events

Chatham University’s music program has several upcoming events:

 

October 21

Ukrainian composer Valentine Silvestrov: Piano Sonatas

James Iman, piano

 

November 18

Homage: Contemporary works by Jimmy López, Tania León, and Parisa Sabet, as well as Schumann’s timeless masterpiece, Kriesleriana Op. 16. 

Melody S. Quah, piano

 

More details will be posted closer to each event. We hope to see you there!

22. September 2022 by northern.wincek
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Stand with Ukraine: Chamber Music Concert

The Stand with Ukraine Concert featured well-known musicians playing chamber music as a fundraiser for Ukraine. If you missed this performance on April 21, 2022, you can watch it at this link.

The program features:

National Anthem of Ukraine “Shche ne vmerla Ukrainy”: Mykhailo Verbytsky; Pavlo Chubynsky – Victory Brinker and The Pittsburgh Cello Quartet: Bronwyn Banerdt, Will Chow, Michael Lipman, Charlie Powers

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sarabande from Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009 – Bronwyn Banerdt, cello

Samuel Barber: Adagio from String Quartet – Jeremy Black, violin; Dennis O’Boyle, violin; Marylène Gingras-Roy, viola; Charlie Powers, cello

Igor Stravinsky: Elegy for Solo Viola – Tatjana Mead Chamis, viola

Stanyslav Lyudkevych: Lament – Marta Krechkovsky, violin; Pauline Rovkah, piano

Johann Sebastian Bach: Adagio from Toccata BWV 564 – Lorna McGhee, flute; Pauline Rovkah, piano

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits – Lorna McGhee, flute; Pauline Rovkah, piano

Arvo Pärt: Mozart-Adagio for violin, cello and piano – Jennifer Orchard, violin; Mikhail Istomin, cello; Pauline Rovkah, piano

Sergei Rachmaninov: Moment Musicaux, No. 3 in B minor, op. 16 – Pauline Rovkah, piano

Paul Crath: from Songs of Ukraine – Sue Finegold

Jules Massenet: Meditation from Thais – Mark Huggins, violin; Pauline Rovkah, piano

Johann Sebastian Bach: Siciliano for Oboe and Harp – Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp; Max Blair, oboe

Claude Debussy: Clair de Lune – Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp; Lorna McGhee, flute; Max Blair, oboe

Edward Elgar: Salut D’Amour – Anne Williams, cello; Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp

Gabriel Fauré: Apres un reve – Anne Williams, cello; Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp

Anton Bruckner: Locus Iste – The Pittsburgh Cello Quartet: Bronwyn Banerdt, Will Chow, Michael Lipman, Charlie Powers

Paul Crath: from Songs of Ukraine – Jim Cunningham

Viktor Kosenko: Bandura – Guenko Guechev, bass-baritone; Pauline Rovkah, piano

Myroslav Skoryk: Melody (Melodiya) – Marta Krechkovsky, Pauline Rovkah, piano

Mykola Lysenko (arr. Grant Johnson) Prayer for Ukraine – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians

26. April 2022 by northern.wincek
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Stand with Ukraine: The People United Will Never Be Defeated

Pianist Amy Simpson performs “The People United Will Never Be Defeated”: variations on Sergio Ortega’s “¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!” by Frederic Rzewski (1938-2021) and Variations, Opus 41 by Nikolai Kapustin (1937-2020). Her introduction to the program can be watched here. The Chilean tune, ¡El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!”, was written as an anthem of solidarity for the Chilean people by composer Sergio Ortega in 1973. In 1975, Frederic Rzewski, a close friend of Ortega, composed a stunning set of 36 variations on the song. Using a myriad of styles, you will hear everything from counterpoint to pointillism to jazzy elements, including brief singing and an outward cry. In this performance of 24 selected variations, you will notice elements of persistence, militance, desperation, questioning, and glimmers of hope. As the variations continue, thematic material is revisited, sometimes in seemingly erratic ways, until the final variation incorporates elements from the entire work. “Two songs,” Rzewski wrote, “aside from the theme itself, appear at various points: the Italian revolutionary song ‘Bandiera Rossa,’ in reference to the Italian people who in the ’70s opened their doors to so many refugees from Chilean fascism, and Hanns Eisler’s antifascist tune ‘Solidaritätslied’.

“Nikolai Kapustin, born in eastern Ukraine, has given the world a wealth of written music in the jazz idiom that he loved most. May his Opus 41 Variations, along with Rzewski’s set, stand today as a testament to unifying forces for good, and to the bravery and strength of the people of Ukraine.

If you missed this performance, you can watch it at this link.

This recital is part of the ‘Stand with Ukraine’ series. All donations will go to Brother’s Brother Foundation – 100% of the donations go to help Ukraine & BBF doesn’t keep anything. On the BBF website Donation page, please specify “UKRAINE CONCERT FUND” in the drop box. https://brothersbrother.org/

15. April 2022 by northern.wincek
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Friday Afternoon Musicale: Stand with Ukraine

The Friday Afternoon Musicale on March 18, 2022 featured works by Schubert, Scriabin, and Liszt played by Gerald Lee on the piano. You can watch his performance here.

The program includes:

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828) – Sonata in C minor, D. 958

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Menuetto: Allegro — Trio

IV. Allegro

 

Alexander Scriabin (1872 – 1915) – Deux Poèmes, Op. 32

I. Andante cantabile

II. Allegro con eleganza, con fiducia

 

Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886) – From Années de pèlerinage Première année: Suisse

II. Au lac de Wallenstadt

VI. Vallée d’Obermann

18. March 2022 by northern.wincek
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Romantic Piano: Concert Etudes

On February 25, 2022, pianist, conductor and Chatham University Music faculty Walter Morales performed Concert Etudes by Moszkowski, Blumenfeld, Chopin, and Liszt. Watch the performance here.

The program includes:

Franz Liszt

Trascendental Etude No 1: Prelude

Trascendental Etude No 3: Paysage

 

Frédéric Chopin

Etude in C major, Op 10 No 1

Etude in F minor, Op 10 No 9

Etude in E flat minor, Op 10 No 6

Etude in A flat major, Op 25 No 1

Etude in D flat major, Op 25 no 8

 

Moritz Moszkowski

Etude in C major, Op 72 No 4

Etude in C minor, Op 72 No 14

Etude in A flat major, Op 72 No 11

Etude in A flat minor, Op 72 No 13

Etude in D flat major, Op 72 No 12

 

Felix Blumenfeld

Etude in A flat major for the left hand alone, Op 36

 

Alexander Scriabin

Etude in D sharp minor, Op 8 No 12 “Patetico”

25. February 2022 by northern.wincek
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