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Blair McMillen

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Blair McMillen has established himself as one of the most versatile and sought-after pianists today . The New York Times has described him as “riveting,” “prodigiously accomplished and exciting,” and one of the piano’s “brilliant stars.” He has made numerous appearances at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and the Albany Symphony . In 2015 he undertook a 3-week tour of Brazil, sponsored by the US State Department . McMillen is pianist for the American Modern Ensemble and the six-piano “supergroup” Grand Band, among others .

A major advocate for contemporary music, McMillen has premiered and recorded dozens of

pieces by some of the most revered living composers in the world . He is the co .-director of the

Rite of Summer Music Festival, an outdoor contemporary music festival on NYC’s Governors

Island. For 13 years, McMillen has been Artist-in-Residence at Bard College and Conservatory .

He also serves on the piano faculty at the Mannes School of Music .

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