Monday 24, June 2019 ( 7 30 pm )
The Mostly Modern Piano Institute presents the composers of today paired with 20th century classics!
ROBERT PATERSON – Joy Ride
ROY HARRIS – Piano Sonata, Op. 1 (1928)
Wednesday 26, June 2019 ( 7 30 pm )
A surprise program of our favorite chamber highlights. The full concert listing will only be available in person at the concert venue. Wondering what chamber delicacies we chose? Join us for an evening of our favorites!
Tenor Alok Kumar, who made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera this past season, joins American Modern Ensemble, with Robert Paterson’s Spring Songs, which he premiered at Carnegie Weill Hall in 2018. Keith Fitch receives a world premiere of Ruthless Voicings and chamber ‘hits’ from the festival will be featured as ‘best of’ our 2019 season.
Wine, Beer & Snack Bar opens @ 7 PM. $6 Drinks make this the best deal in Saratoga Springs!
Friday 28, June 2019 ( 7 30 pm )
John Adams: Harmonielehre
"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