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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pianist Barry Hannigan will give a faculty recital Friday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.
The solo recital, which is free to the public, will include "Eight Poetic Waltzes" and "Allegro de Concierto" by Granados; two works by Poulenc; three works by Rachmaninoff; two ragtime pieces by Albright; and two preludes by Debussy.
"An unusual feature of the concert is that each of the two Debussy preludes that I'm playing will be followed by an improvisational 'answer' to the piece. It's something I've wanted to try for a while," said Hannigan, a professor of music at Bucknell.
Known for his performances throughout the United States and in Europe, Hannigan 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 Class of '56 Lectureship Award, given by Bucknell University for inspirational teaching.
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