January 22, 2008

Pianist Barry Hannigan

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Barry Hannigan will give a piano recital Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. The recital is free to the public; tickets are not required.

The program includes "Rhapsody, Op. 79, No. 1," "Intermezzo, Op. 116, No. 4" and "Capriccio, Op. 76, No. 5" by Johannes Brahms, Lowell Liebermann's "Nocturne," Chopin's "Ballade in G Minor" and Schumann's "Fantasy in C Major."

"The repertory is all-Romantic, even the Liebermann piece, though his harmonies are certainly more adventurous than Brahms or Schumann. I'm really excited about this program, because I love all the music so much," Hannigan said.

International performances

Hannigan is known for his piano performances throughout the United States and abroad, with appearances in Russia, China, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway. An active concert soloist, he has appeared as a guest artist at a host of American universities, such as UCLA, Yale, Cornell, and the Universities of Oregon, Colorado, Illinois, Arizona State, and Texas. Festival and series performances include venues such as Real Art Ways in Hartford, the Syracuse New Music Society, Wildflower Festival, and Roulette in New York City.

Hannigan is on the roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, and dozens of his performances have been aired on National Public Radio affiliate stations across the United States. For three years he toured Pennsylvania promoting works by living Pennsylvania composers, underwritten by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has received a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an award intended to recognize "the nation’s outstanding recitalists."
 
Three solo CDs

His New York debut was in Carnegie Recital Hall and his European debut was at the Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. He has recorded for Opus One, SEAMUS, SCI, AUR, and Radio Telefis Eireann in Dublin, and has released three solo CDs for Black Canyon Records, Brio, Kaleidoscope, and Rachmaninoff to Ragtime. Sample performances with orchestra include Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Variations with the Omaha Symphony and a chamber concerto written for him that was premiered with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.

The recipient of a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, Hannigan joined the Bucknell faculty in 1978. He also is a member of Dalihapa Chamber Ensemble and the Music in the Mountains chamber players at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado.

He is the recipient of many awards and prizes including those from the Ford, Belin, Surdna, and Presser Foundations as well as the National Endowment for the Arts and Bucknell's Class of 1956 Lectureship for inspirational teaching. His students have earned graduate performance degrees in piano at schools such as Peabody, Eastman, and the New England Conservatory.

For more information or to listen to a sample of Hannigan's playing, visit http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/hannigan/

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Jan. 22, 2008

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