Archive for September, 2008

During the three-day concert series Czech-American Music Bridges, pianist Hugh Sung will perform my Vernacular Dances, as part of a concert lecture entitled “Visual Recital: New Technologies for Performers and Teachers,” on September 30 at 7PM, at the Wallenstein Palace in Prague.

Hugh will demonstrate new techniques for using technology to enhance music pedagogy and performance. Key technologies featured will include the Tablet PC for reading, storing, and annotating music scores, as well as hands-free page turning devices; mobile recording solutions for audio editing and pedagogy; techniques for integrating video in teaching situations; and the Visual Recital which explores techniques for combining responsive imagery and animation within live music performance settings.

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Lithuanian saxophonist ArvÄ«ds Kazlausks will join the Sinfonietta Riga String Quartet (Aleksejs Bahirs – Violin I; Agnese Kanniņa-Liepiņa – Violin II; Liene Kļava – Viola; and Kārlis Klotiņš – Cello) at 6pm on September 15th at Talsu Tautas Nams (The National House of Talsi) for a concert that will include my for the straight way was lost (in a version for alto saxophone and viola) as well as works by Mozart, Wolfgang Bottenberg and ArvÄ«ds Malcis.

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The Longford Brown Piano Duo will give the London premiere of the full suite of my pieces for piano four-hands From the Faraway Nearby, inspired by paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe on September 11 at 7:30 PM as part of the Chelsea Schubert Festival. (Holy Trinity Sloane Square, London SW1X 9BZ; Tickets: £15 (£12 concessions) available in advance: 020 2230 7270)

The concert program will also include Schubert’s Grand Duo Sonata in C, D 812 and selections from Schmitt’s Feuillets de Voyage, Op 26

Earlier this year, the duo competed in the semi-finals of the Dranoff International Two-Piano Competition in Miami. They wrote in their publicity for this concert at the Chelsea Schubert Festival, “This concert will include the London premiere performance of a fantastic set of pieces by the American composer Charles B. Griffin (now resident in Latvia), From the Faraway Nearby: Homage to Georgia O’Keeffe. We love this music – it’s hypnotic, provocative and audacious and we are looking forward to welcoming the composer to this concert.” I leave for London tomorrow!

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