Sept. 2, 2004
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Quattro Mani will give a concert Saturday, Sept. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.
The concert, which is free to the public, is part of the residency of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Crumb at Bucknell.
The pianists of Quattro Mani —Susan Grace and Alice Rybak — share an interest in the repertoire for two pianos and the unique collaboration involved in its performance. The duo's special interest in 20th-century repertoire has led to collaborations with such composers as Crumb as well as Joan Tower and Frederic Rzewski .
"This program will include works by Copland, Debussy, Ellington/Strayhorn and Rzewski as well as the work, `Otherworldly Resonances,' written for Quattro Mani by Crumb," said Barry Hannigan, professor of music at Bucknell.
Director of the Colorado Summer Music Festival, Grace has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe, the Soviet Union and China. She has performed with many internationally known musicians including cellist Janos Starker, violinist Jose-Luis Garcia and soprano Martile Rowland. She is a lecturer in music and artist in residence at Colorado College.
Rybak, who is on the faculty of the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, has performed throughout the country, including appearances with the Denver Symphony and the National Repertory Orchestra as well as at New York's Town Hall and the 92nd Street Y.
Quattro Mani's CD "Music for a Summer Evening," is a recording of George Crumb's music for two pianos.
Crumb, winner of a Grammy Award in 2001 for his composition, "Star Child," will give a lecture/demonstration Friday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.
During the lecture, "A Journey in Sound," he will discuss his music, which often juxtaposes contrasting musical styles ranging from music of the western art-music tradition, to hymns and folk music, to non-western musics, and his recent settings of American folk music.
Both the concert and the lecture are open to the public without charge.