January 17, 2007

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Clipper Erickson will give a piano recital Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The recital, "Transcriptions for Solo Piano," is free to the public. The program will include works by J.S. Bach, C. Saint-Saens, Aaron Copland, and Maurice Ravel.

After making his orchestral debut at age 19, in Los Angeles, Erickson began performing as a soloist with orchestras and in recital throughout the United States. He has appeared at famous concert venues including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Erickson's special interest in how American composers reflect American history and how America views itself in its music encompasses the influence of African-American music in all its forms in all kinds of American music.

His commitment to making classical music accessible to everyone led to his participation in the roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour. This affiliation, as well as being an alumnus of the Xerox Pianist Program of Affiliate Artists, has given him the opportunity to perform for diverse audiences. He has brought innovative programs to school children, residents of nursing homes, church groups and prisons and appears several times each year before such groups, including churches in the area where he lives in suburban Philadelphia.

Erickson studied piano at Indiana University, The Juilliard School and Yale University. He is the recipient of many honors throughout his career and has won prizes at several international competitions including the Busoni Competition, the William Kapell Competition and the American Pianists Association auditions. He teaches piano at Westminster Conservatory and recently was a member of the Bucknell music faculty. For more information, link to http://www.clippererickson.com/

Posted Jan. 17, 2007

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