As Piano Spheres begins to ease into its 20th Anniversary season next fall, the intrepid Vicki Ray “and Friends” stake out adventurous territory in the spheres of pianism in her annual recital on January 22 (8:00 p.m. at The Colburn School).
Congenially sharing the spotlight with “friends” equal to her stratospheric piano playing, Ray has invited musical luminaries Sara Andon, Erika Duke Kirkpatrick, Lars Hoefs, Aron Kallay, Joanne Pearce Martin, and Jeanne Skrocki for an evening of radical chamber music.
With the 1924 Sonata of Igor Stravinsky as programmatic anchor, Ray weaves a multi-cultural thread through Asia, Europe and the US with works by Chinary Ung, Enno Poppe, Kaija Saariaho, Bruce Reiprich and Edmund Campion.
The complete program:
Chinary Ung – In Memoriam for amplified Piano Trio
Igor Stravinsky – Sonata (1924)
Enno Poppe – rad for two microtonal keyboards
Kaija Saariaho – Cendres for alto flute, cello and piano
Bruce Reiprich – Flowing Waters Caress Fallen Petal
Edmund Campion – A Complete Wealth of Time
“….Ray’s languid, sumptuous performance made something else apparent…(her) radiant playing served to reveal the significance of Adams’s feminine side…Yet even with all that, the real whirl came from Ray’s fingers which were on continuous virtuosic dancing display…” (Mark Swed, LA Times Feb. 2009)
“Vicki plans programs with a knack for marvelous freeform artistry; what she draws from her piano always relates in wondrous ways to all the senses.” (Alan Rich, LA Weekly)
Tickets are available on the Piano Spheres website, www.pianospheres.org, by phone (323) 692-8075, and at the box office ½ hour prior to the concert. General admission tickets are $25 and student tickets are available at $15 (with ID, one ticket per student).
“ The crowd at Zipper Hall last Tuesday night, for the first of this season’s “Piano Spheres” concerts, was one of those spectacles that renew your confidence in the future of energetic, serious musical programming.” (Alan Rich)
Piano Spheres supports and encourages the composition and performance of major new works for the piano. It expands the piano repertoire by commissioning new music and sustaining a concert series of the highest artistic quality which focuses primarily on pieces by contemporary composers.