Music for All Seasons
|Date||06 October 2019 14:00|
|Place||Historic Peterloon Estate, 8605 Hopewell Road, Village of Indian Hill, Cincinnati, US|
Louis Gottschalk The Union
Louis Gottschalk The Banjo
Samuel Barber Knoxville Summer of 1915
Aaron Copland Variations on a Shaker Melody from Appalachian Spring
Aaron Copland Night Waltz from Rodeo
Aaron Copland Hoe- Down from Rodeo
George Gershwin Summertime from Porgy and Bess
Carlysle Floyd Ain’t it a pretty night from Susannah
Leonard Bernstein Take care of this House from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
George Gershwin Three Preludes for piano
George Gershwin Variations on I’ve got rhythm
Amber R. Monroe recently sang the role of the Governess in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, about which Seen and Heard-International said: “The possessor of a crystalline lyric soprano and a superb singing actress, Amber R. Monroe turned the role of the Governess into the heart and soul of the opera.”
Amber has appeared with the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York, with Opera Western Reserve, and with Oberlin in Italy, singing, among others, the part of Clara in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and the title role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica
Roman Rudnytsky’s performances have taken him to over one hundred countries, appearing as soloist with orchestras and in recital. Recent engagements during his 21st tour of Great Britain and Australia included thirty concerts throughout those two countries. Retired from his position as professor of piano and music at the Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University, Indiana University School of Music, the Universities of Melbourne and Wollongong in Australia, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Today’s concert is titled Some Americans in an effort to convey to our audience that we can only include a handful of the many American composers whose musical compositions have enriched our lives.
Working against the ridiculous prejudice that no American composer could rise to the status of Serious Composer of Classical Music, pioneers in the 19th and 20th centuries fought that notion by sailing across the ocean to find instruction and recognition abroad.
Louis Moreau Gottschalk became an internationally-recognized concert pianist by playing concerts that were almost entirely comprised of his own compositions. During his short life, Gottschalk (1829 –1869) spent most of his career outside of the United States, developing a world-wide reputation as a virtuoso pianist who played his own compositions, two of which we will hear today.