January 06, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Pianist Barry HanniganPianist Barry Hannigan will give a concert Sunday, Jan. 18, at 4 p.m. in Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The program, which is free and open to the public, includes works by Maurice Ravel and Charles Griffes as well as Liszt, Brahams, Poulenc and Chou Wen-Chung.

"The program is designed around two early 20th-century masterpieces: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales by Ravel and Sonata by Griffes," said Hannigan.

"Griffes' style is very lush and impressionistic, enough so that he was known as 'the American Debussy.' But the real reason I've picked this program is that I love all the music," he said.

A professor of music at Bucknell, Hannigan is known for his performances throughout the United States and in Europe. He had his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall and his European debut at the Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.

He has performed in Russia, England, Ireland, Norway and New Zealand, and he has appeared as guest artist at a host of American universities. Festival and series performances include venues such as Real Art Ways in Hartford, the Syracuse New Music Society, Wildflower Festival and Roulette in New York City.

On the roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, for three years he toured Pennsylvania promoting works by living Pennsylvania composers, underwritten by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Dozens of his performances have been aired on National Public Radio affiliate stations across the United States. He has received a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as many awards and prizes, including those from the Ford, Belin, Surdna and Presser foundations.

He has released three solo CDs for Black Canyon Records: Brio, Kaleidoscope, and Rachmaninoff to Ragtime. Sample performances with orchestra include Rachmaninoff's Paganini Variations with the Omaha Symphony and a chamber concerto written for him that was premiered with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He is the recipient of the Lindback Award, given by Bucknell University for inspirational teaching.