Thursday 26, April 2018 ( 8 00 pm )
An evening of vocal music featuring the music of Robert Paterson, including In Real Life, Batter's Box, and Crossing the Hudson, and three world premieres: Night Songs for bass-baritone and piano, CAPTCHA (version for mezzo soprano and piano), and Spring Songs for tenor and piano.
CAPTCHA* (version for mezzo-soprano and piano)
Crossing The Hudson
Spring Songs* (for tenor and piano)
In Real Life (piano/vocal version)**
**New York Premiere
Marnie Breckenridge, Soprano
Blythe Gaissert, Mezzo-Soprano
Alok Kumar, Tenor
Wes Mason, Baritone
David Neal, Bass-Baritone
Geoffrey Burleson & Blair McMillen, Piano
Sunday 29, April 2018 ( 2 00 pm )
NWEAMO 20th Anniversary Festival
Concert 3: Homegrown Eclectic
Jozefius (aka Joseph Martin Waters):
Cloud Formations on Sepia, for violin and piano: WORLD PREMIERE
~with Fiddlus El Gato (aka Felix Olschofka), violin~
Things, with the SWARMIUS Quintet
Gratitude, with the SWARMIUS Quintet
Sunday 06, May 2018 ( 6 00 pm )
Duo and sextet works, including a world premiere by Richard Gallo written for Ensemble IPSE.
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215
"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
Naxos, Catalogue No: GP625, released on 02/2016
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