January 19, 2007

Barry Hannigan

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Barry Hannigan will give a piano recital Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. The recital is free to the public; tickets are not required.

The major work is Gershwin's own solo-piano version of Rhapsody in Blue. The version contains both the orchestral and piano parts, though a few sections are left out because a single performer cannot play both parts to make it sound good. "You would need a third hand, at least … possibly a fourth!" said Hannigan.

"In a concert of music that I really love, I'm also playing sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven, two Chopin Ballades, and shorter works by Messiaen and Brahms," he said.

Hannigan is known for his piano performances throughout the United States and abroad, with appearances in Russia, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway. An active concert soloist, he has appeared as a guest artist at numerous festivals and universities, and many of his performances have been aired on National Public Radio.

His recordings are available on SCI, SEAMUS, Opus One, Black Canyon Records, and for Radio Telefis Eireann in Dublin, Ireland.

The recipient of a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, Hannigan joined the Bucknell faculty in 1978. He is the recipient of many awards and prizes including the National Endowment for the Arts and Bucknell's Class of 1956 Lectureship for inspirational teaching.

He also is a member of Dalihapa Chamber Ensemble and the Music in the Mountains chamber players at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado.

For more information or to listen to a sample of Hannigan's playing, visit http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/hannigan/

Posted Jan. 19, 2007

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