On Friday, February 3rd, UAlberta piano professor Milton Schlosser will perform an eclectic mix of piano pieces that highlights him as an artist with diverse interests—from the traditional to the contemporary. The solo piano recital begins at 7:30 pm in the Augustana Campus Chapel, with tickets available at the door ($20/15). The recital is part of a tour that takes Schlosser to Vancouver and Grande Prairie as well.
The recital begins with two shorter works, the first entitled “Largo,” composed for Schlosser by Camrosian James Neff. The second work is the famous “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” originally composed by J.S. Bach and transcribed by noted pianist Dame Myra Hess. These will be followed by Frédéric Chopin’s melodic Ballade in F Major, Opus 38, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s rousing “Appassionata” Sonata, Opus 57.
The second half of the recital begins with a 10-minute work written for Schlosser by UAlberta Augustana Campus alumnus and Métis composer, Nicholas Howells. The work was premiered last fall in Camrose and Canmore as well as internationally by Schlosser at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. Crowfoot is a composition that is based upon some of the last words attributed to Chief Crowfoot, one of the great figures within aboriginal and Canadian histories. It requires the pianist to play the piano as well as speak, chant, and play a foot drum.
The program concludes with two of Edvard Grieg’s most famous pieces, Notturno and Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, as well as two of Franz Liszt’s most celebrated pieces, his transcription of Schumann’s Widmung and the Sixth Hungarian Rhapsody.
Schlosser is an award-winning professor and pianist at the University of Alberta. In 2007, he received a McCalla Professorship for his significant contributions to research, teaching, and learning. He has been described as a pianist who “proves himself to be as sympathetic an accompanist as he is a stylish and feeling soloist” (The Vancouver Sun). He has released four recordings. In addition to his activities as a performer, he is engaged in music education research. In November 2011, his article “Minding the music: Neuroscience, video recording, and the pianist” was published in the International Journal of Music Education.
February 10 | 7:30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral
690 Burrard Street
Tickets $20 at the door
For more information on the performer, including his recent tour to Japan, see www.miltonschlosser.com