Hannigan concert features two premieres
Posted: January 14, 2011
By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pianist Barry Hannigan will give a concert Friday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. The concert is free and open to the public.
A professor of music at Bucknell, Hannigan will perform major works by Rachmaninoff (Variations on a Theme by Corelli) and Ravel (Valses Nobles et Sentimentales), with shorter works by Bach, Godowsky, and Chopin.
"The Rachmaninoff is a piece from the latter portion of his career as a composer, so it contains nearly all of the characteristics that Rachmaninoff is known for," said Hannigan.
"There are 20 variations on the well-known tune, which is treated in many different fashions, from soaring melodies to virtuosic passagework. The tune was actually not written by Corelli; it's an anonymous work from much earlier, when it was known by the name 'La Folia.' Many composers — including Corelli — found it an inspiration as a theme for variations," he said.
A highlight of the evening will be the world premiere of two works, "Bike Ride" and "Fixations" by composer Andrew Burnson, who graduated from Bucknell in 2007.
The concert will conclude with the Grande Valse Brillante, Op. 18 and the Valse Brillante, Op. 34, No. 1 by Chopin.
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 as well as Bucknell's Class of '56 Lectureship award for teaching.
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