Messiaen Solo Piano Music
Beginning in 2010, Messiaen’s centennial year, I decided to perform all of Messiaen’s solo piano music. With no real deadline in mind, I began with the epic Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus, which at over two hours long was quite a way to start. Since then I have performed numerous recitals with Messiaen-centric themes, including a juxtaposition of his music with that of his students and a recital devoted to music that was premiered and championed by his wife Yvonne Loriod. I have enjoyed giving lecture recitals and workshops on Messiaen and his music as well. This project has been made richer by working with some of Messiaen’s former students and people who knew him well. I have also enjoyed visiting where he lived and worked in Paris and Petichet in the French Alps. In the future I am looking forward to continuing the performances with a program of many of Messiaen’s early works. Finally, I plan on finishing this series with the entire Catalogue d’oiseaux, a 3-hour tour of the birds of France. Please join me at An die Musik in Baltimore, MD for these exciting concerts.
Debussy at 150—Forgotten Melodies: The Songs of Claude Debussy
In celebration of the 150th year of Claude Debussy’s birth, Ilana Zarankin, Matt Morris, Logan Walsh, Morgan Strickland, Marie Marquis, and others are joining me for two recitals of his songs at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in New York. We will be highlighting several of Debussy’s lesser-known songs, including several that have been published just this year, and one, Les papillons, which exists in manuscript form in the library’s collection. Come see the manuscript and hear this beautiful gem. These programs will include Sept poèmes de Banville, Les Elfes, Rondel chinois, Romance d’Ariel, Trois Ballades de François Villon, Le Promenoir des deux amants, Fêtes galantes II, Proses lyriques, and other wonderful songs.
Exciting commissions and premieres are in the works. Check back for more information soon.