By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pianist Barry Hannigan will give his 100th performance at Bucknell on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, will include works by Liszt, Stanchinsky, Faure, Prokofieff, Messiaen and Brahms.
"In the last few years, I have simply been playing pieces that I somehow have a strong emotional bond with," Hannigan said. "So unlike many concerts, I don't have a particular theme for this concert. In spite of that, I think the program works very well."
Hannigan's first concert at Bucknell was in September 1978 in Rooke Chapel with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet of England. "We played a Haydn trio and the Schumann Quintet," he said. "I was very nervous about the concert, as I was a newly hired faculty member, and first impressions of a performer count. The concert was a fabulous success.
"My work as a pianist is still approximately the same as it was in 1978. I am not the same, however, so I do the work in a very different way now. In particular, my piano teaching is light years ahead of the teaching I did then, because I know so much more about the process and about how to get students to play at a very high level.
"I am truly grateful to Bucknell for my career here, and for the support I have been given. It is a wonderful place for me, and I will forever hold Bucknell in special esteem," he said. Among his most memorable moments during his Bucknell career are making his concert debut in New York and receiving the Class of '56 Lectureship award for teaching.
Hannigan has received rave notices in major cities across the United States. Paul Moor wrote in Musical America about a concert in San Francisco: "He absolutely bowled me over ... With his extraordinary proficiency, he deserves the widest possible audience." Hannigan has performed in Russia, England, Ireland, Norway, China and New Zealand, and recorded for Opus One, SCI, SEAMUS and Radio Telefis Eireann in Dublin.
An active concert soloist, he has appeared as guest artist at a host of American universities including UCLA, Yale, Cornell and the universities of Oregon, Colorado, Illinois, Arizona State and Texas. His festival and series performances include such venues as Real Art Ways in Hartford, the Syracuse New Music Society, Wildflower Festival and Roulette in New York City.
Hannigan is on the roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, and dozens of his performances have been aired on NPR affiliate stations across the United States. For three years, he toured Pennsylvania promoting works by living Pennsylvania composers, underwritten by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
The recipient of a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, Hannigan joined the Bucknell faculty in 1978. He has received many awards and prizes including a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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