Upcoming Concerts

Solo Recital at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Sunday 30, April 2017 ( 5 00 pm )

Gantner Concert Hall
Haas Fine Arts Center
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

J.S. Bach:  Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913
Camille Saint-Saëns:  Paraphrase sur La Mort de Thaïs (1895)
Camille Saint-Saëns:  Fantasie sur Lohengrin de Wagner (1859)
Mary Kouyoumdjian:  Aghavni [Doves] (2009)
Dave Soldier:  Five Little Monsters (1984)
Jacob TV:  The Body Of Your Dreams, for piano and soundtrack (2003)
Frank Zappa/arr. Burleson:  BeBop Tango

Solo Recital at the University of Minnesota Morris

Monday 01, May 2017 ( 8 00 pm )

Recital Hall
Humanities Fine Arts Building

University of Minnesota Morris
600 East 4th Street, Morris, MN

J.S. Bach:  Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913
Camille Saint-Saëns:  Paraphrase sur La Mort de Thaïs (1895)
Camille Saint-Saëns:  Fantasie sur Lohengrin de Wagner (1859)
Mary Kouyoumdjian:  Aghavni [Doves] (2009)
Dave Soldier:  Five Little Monsters (1984)
Jacob TV:  The Body Of Your Dreams, for piano and soundtrack (2003)
Frank Zappa/arr. Burleson:  BeBop Tango

Hunter College Piano Studio Celebration: John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes

Tuesday 09, May 2017 ( 5 00 pm )

Lang Recital Hall
Hunter College of CUNY

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of John Cage's pathbreaking and monumental Sonatas & Interludes for Prepared Piano, Geoffrey Burleson, his colleagues and Hunter piano studio will perform the entire work.  Hunter Dance Majors will also be performing, with choreography by Merce Cunningham as arranged by Hunter College faculty member Holley Farmer, who was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for a decade.  Finally, the performance will include projections of sculptures by Richard Lippold, dedicatee of "Gemini" from the Sonatas and Interludes, and a Hunter College Art Department faculty member from 1952-1967. 

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Press Reviews

"Mr. Burleson played with command, projecting a rhapsodic quality without loss of rhythmic vigor...and an appropriate sense of fetching color. Burleson played vibrantly...ending his program with a compelling account of Boulez's formidably complex Piano Sonata No. 3."
- Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

"Burleson gave an irresistably supple reading of Liszt's "Les jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este", and in his performance of Debussy's "Pour le piano", the Sarabande was delightfully hazy, and the Toccata was an explosion of energy. He followed this with Saint-Saens's expansive "Caprice on Ballet Airs From Gluck's 'Alceste'" before closing the concert with three of his own virtuosic, lively, occasionally jazzy improvisations on a handful of Debussy themes."
-Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"Both works (Charles Ives's 'Three-Page Sonata' and Vincent Persichetti's Sonata No. 12) are couched in complex rhythms, with attractively simple melodies sometimes swimming through them. And Mr. Burleson played them with the energy and passion of a jazz player at the densest moment of a solo. He brought a similar power, as well as an improvisatory imagination, to Frank Zappa's 'Bebop Tango.'"
- Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"Burleson is a remarkable pianist, with tireless attack, unflagging rhythm and energy to burn."
- Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

"A top-notch pianist...Burleson's piquancy and poetry blended beautifully."
- The Washington Post

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Featured Releases

Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4: Dances And Souvenirs

Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4:  Dances And Souvenirs - Naxos, Catalogue No: GP625, released on 02/2016

Naxos, Catalogue No: GP625, released on 02/2016

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Artists

Geoffrey Burleson, piano

About Saint-Saëns, C.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4: Dances And Souvenirs

Although he is best remembered for his orchestral and instrumental music, Saint-Saëns was also responsible for spearheading the revival of the French Baroque, especially the music of Lully and Rameau, as well as being perfectly placed to absorb the latest instrumental dance music. His five ‘character waltzes’ include the ethereal and ravishingly textured Valse mignonne, the stylistically forward-looking Valse nonchalante and the virtuosic Valse gaie, the composer’s final waltz for solo piano, while the three minor key Mazurkas are strongly characterised and filled with ingenious musical contrasts. Last but not least, the three ‘souvenirs’ are delightful evocations of particular corners of the world that inspired Saint-Saëns.

"Burleson has immersed himself in the entirety of Saint-Saëns' output and is a powerful advocate for this music.  He plays with all the requisite technique and a style and flair that one would expect from music firmly entrenched in the romantic style.  His booklet notes are enlightening, and the piano sound is wonderful.  I am sure that I will also enjoy the future volumes in this series."

-James Harrington, American Record Guide

 

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