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88 Keys Open Many Doors

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

LA’s fearless Hocket piano duo, heard in its New York debut, joins NY’s fiercest new-music pianists in an evening of keyboard adventures. Adam Tendler explores unintentional sounds in Charlie Sdraulig’s subtly choreographed collector, and repurposes the piano in Marina Poleukhaina’s for thing. Hocket teases the ebonies and ivories in Joseph Michaels’s Together in Perfect Harmony and Michael Laurello’s Touch. Molly Herron’s trio resonates in her exquisite Full Blood Moon. Soprano Sarah Brailey is joined by pianist Blair McMillen in Sojourner Hodges’s eloquent Fire Command Room, while interloper harpist Bridget Kibbey gives life to Iranian composer Karen Keyhani’s Nightly Monologue II.

HOCKET, Sarah Gibson, Thomas Kotcheff, piano; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Sarah Brailey, soprano; Blair McMillen, Adam Tendler, piano; Molly Herron Trio, Pat Swoboda, bass; Molly Herron, Amy Garapic, bowed piano

Wednesday, April 26
8PM at the Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, NYC
$25

Tickets available here

Charlie Sdraulig (Australia/USA): collector (2015), AP
Marina Poleukhina (Russia/Germany): for thing (2013), AP
Joseph Michaels (USA/Germany): Together in Perfect Harmony (2014), NYP
Michael Laurello (USA): Touch (2016) NYP
Karen Keyhani (Iran): Nightly Monologue II (2013) AP
Molly Herron (USA): Full Blood Moon (2017 ebow-ed piano version) (2014/17) WP
Sojourner Hodges (USA): Fire Command Room (2010) NYP

Blair McMillen

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

 

Pianist Blair McMillen leads a multifarious musical life as soloist, chamber musician, new-music champion, pedagogue, and conductor. The New York Times has described him as “riveting,” “prodigiously accomplished and exciting,” and as one of the piano’s “brilliant stars.” from recent seasons include concertos with the American Symphony in Carnegie Hall, solo appearances with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Albany Symphony, and a 3-week solo tour of Brazil sponsored by the US State Department. McMillen is the co-founder director of the Rite of Summer Music Festival, an indie-classical outdoor concert series held on New York City’s Governors Island. He has served on the music faculty at Bard College and Conservatory since 2005.