Denison Faculty Recital Features Pianist Nelson Harper
Posted: October 31, 2005
Denison University's department of music presents a faculty recital featuring pianist Nelson Harper at 3 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 6) in Burke Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. The program will showcase both classical and modern works.
Nelson will open the recital with W. Kempff's transcription of J.S. Bach's "Siciliano in G minor," a form originating from dance. Also on the program are Domenico Scarlatti's "Sonata in G Major K. 14," 20th century composer Howard Ferguson's "Piano Sonata in F minor, Opus 8," selections from Claude Debussy's Books I and II of the "Preludes," and Franz Liszt's "Pertrarch Sonnet #104" and "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11."
Harper is known for his versatility at the keyboard. He has been a soloist, a chamber musician, and a vocal accompanist. He has appeared at the prestigious Grand Teton Music Festival and has been featured in numerous live broadcast recitals from Chicago's Fine Art Station, WFMT. Harper has performed concerts throughout the U.S. and in London's Wigmore Hall. Other colleagues with whom he has performed include flutists Donald Peck and Jeanne Baxtresser, principals of the Chicago Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, respectively, and the Atlanta Symphony's principal trumpeter James Thompson. He has given several works their American or world premieres, including music by Wilfred Josephs, William Mathias, and Faye Ellen Silverman. He is featured on compact discs on the Koch International, Orion, and Vienna Modern Masters labels.
Harper studied with Earl Wild, among others, and has served on the piano faculty of Denison since 1996. He also is orchestral pianist for Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and harpsichordist for the Columbus Bach Ensemble.
CALENDAR LISTING -- Denison University, Granville -- A faculty recital featuring Nelson Harper (piano); 3 p.m., Sunday (Nov. 6), Burke Recital Hall (240 West College Street). Admission is free and open to the public. Contact (740) 587-6220 to confirm information.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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