Music for All Seasons

Date 6 octobre 2019 14:00
Lieu Historic Peterloon Estate, 8605 Hopewell Road, Village of Indian Hill, Cincinnati, US

Some Americans

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 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 1 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.


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