Upcoming Concerts

Boston Musica Viva Concert: Chang, Hoffer & La Vita Nuova

Saturday 13, April 2019 ( 8 00 pm )

Edward Pickman Hall
Longy School of Music

Cambridge, MA

BMV's 50th Anniversary Season Finale Concert

Yu-Hui Chang: New work world premiere
Bernard Hoffer: Concerto di camera V world premiere
John Huggler: Serenata
Nicholas Maw: La vita nuova
     Sarah Pelletier, soprano

A world premiere bagatelle by Kathryn Salfelder.

For our season finale, soprano Sarah Pelletier returns to join BMV for a favorite work from our past, the Nicholas Maw song cycle La vita nuova, on a program also featuring a pair of world premieres by Yu-Hui Chang and Bernard Hoffer, as well as John Huggler’s Serenata (commissioned in BMV’s 9th season) and a new bagatelle by Kathryn Salfelder.

For more information, please go to http://www.bmv.org

 

Concert with Ensemble PHASE at the NWEAMO 21 Festival, San Diego

Friday 26, April 2019 ( 8 00 pm )

~With South Korea's Ensemble PHASE~

Minseop Song: Mago-Gut, A Quintet for Piano & Traditional Korean Instruments

Joseph Martin Waters: Air, Earth, Ocean, for Piri, Haegeum & Piano

Smith Recital Hall
School of Music
San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Dr San Diego, 92182

Concert with SWARMIUS at the NWEAMO 21 Festival, San Diego

Sunday 28, April 2019 ( 2 00 pm )

Featuring works of Jozefius (aka Joseph Martin Waters), with Jozefius on electronics, Saximus (aka Todd Rewoldt) and Schrodinger's Sax (aka Michael Cooper) on reeds, Tempus Rhythmicus (aka Daniel Pate) on percussion, and Peripateticus (aka Geoffrey Burleson) on piano.

Smith Recital Hall
School of Music
San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Dr San Diego, 92182

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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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