MILTON SCHLOSSER – Piano
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2015 ~ 2:00 PM
Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre
On Sunday, November 8th at 2 pm, Augustana Campus music professor Milton Schlosser will perform a recital in the Cargill Theatre titled “Remembering.” Part of the Re/Max® Classical Series co-produced by the Lougheed Centre and DiscoverPiano@Augustana, the concert features three piano works related thematically to Remembrance Day. One of these works is a new composition that helps to mark the 70th anniversary of the killing of famous German Resistance member Dietrich Bonhoeffer by the Nazis at the end of World War II.
The recital begins with Milton performing Fryderyk Chopin’s dramatic Second Piano Sonata, nicknamed the “funeral march” sonata because of the famous funeral march melody that appears in one of its movements. This melody was written by Chopin and has been played at funerals of famous personalities such as J.F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, and Chopin himself.
Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin was written during World War I. While the work’s six movements are based on types of pieces made famous during the French Baroque, Ravel’s musical language is decidedly twentieth-century, including among other elements jazz harmonies and virtuoso piano writing. Ravel, who served in the French army, dedicated the works to specific friends killed during the war. A celebratory, energetic work, it was criticized at first for not being somber enough in its commemoration of the dead. Ravel countered this criticism by saying “The dead are sad enough, in their eternal silence.”
A new work for “speaking pianist” will be premièred at this recital. Entitled “Who Am I?” the composition by Milton is based on a poem written by famous German Lutheran pastor, theologian, and Nazi-dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer was a vocal opponent of the Nazi dictatorship and its euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of Jews. Implicated as part of the German Resistance after a failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler, Bonhoeffer was hanged in Flossenbürg Concentration Camp on April 9, 1945.
In tandem with the concert, there will be an exhibition of art by Keith Harder in the Christenson-Nelson Gallery of the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre. This exhibition is titled “Dereliction of Memory”. It will consist of digital prints and drawings that were inspired by the ruins of World War Two era aircraft at the Bomber Command Museum’s boneyard in Nanton, Alberta. These aircraft were used by the British Air Training Program that prepared air crew personnel for the conflict in Europe and elsewhere. The exhibition can be viewed from November 6 to November 24, 2015.
Partnering with DiscoverPiano@Augustana and media sponsor CKUA radio network, the Lougheed Centre is proud to present Milton Schlosser | Piano on Sunday Nov. 8th @2pm.
The third concert in the RE/MAX® Classical Series, tickets for Milton Schlosser | Piano are on sale now – Adults $18 / Senior (60+) and Students with ID $15.
To purchase tickets, visit the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre website at www.camroselive.ca or call the box office at 780-608-2922. See camroselive.ca for further recital information. For a biography of Milton and recent videos, visit miltonschlosser.com.