American Music for Two Pianos

American Music for Two Pianos

02/14/2014 - 7:30pm

Free concert

AMERICAN MUSIC FOR TWO PIANOS / BRITISH ART SONGS
FREE piano-duo concert

Bay area pianist (and KWMR Classical Wednesday host) Paul Smith is joined by British pianist (and frequent Marin County performer) Ronald Cavaye in a FREE concert of three works for two pianos by American composers with interludes by Petaluma soprano Eileen Morris singing love songs of Virgil Thomson and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

The program opens with turn of the century African American composer Nathaniel Dett’s exuberant Juba Dance. Frederic Rzewski’s Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues is a virtuoso tour de force based on an early twentieth century union song. The evening concludes with the lavish Fantasy on Themes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess by Percy Grainger.
In between the piano duo works, soprano Eileen Morris celebrates the Valentine’s Day weekend by performing Virgil Thomson’s song cycle Mostly About Love and Erich Korngold’s settings of four Shakespeare texts.

The program lasts approximately 70 minutes and is performed without intermission.
Friday, February 14 at 7:30 – Dance Palace, Pt. Reyes Station

Admission is FREE

Any donations support Contemporary Opera Marin and its upcoming premiere of Aurora, a community opera in one act, by Paul Smith, April 5,11,12,13.
For further information contact the College of Marin music department – 415 485 9460