April 07, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pianist Bruce Brubaker will perform in Bucknell University's Gallery Series on Tuesday, April 13, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell.

The concert, which will include works by Philip Glass, Robert Schumann and Nico Muhly, will be preceded by a discussion with Brubaker at 7:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall. He also will offer a masterclass for piano on Monday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in Rooke Recital Hall.

Brubaker's talk, concert and masterclass are free and open to the public. The ongoing Gallery Series of both world music and experimental new music concerts is funded by the Bucknell Department of Music.

'Time Curve Preludes'
A highlight of the program will be selections from William Duckworth's "Time Curve Preludes." Brubaker says of the work, "It's from the late 70s ... . Some people call it Post-Minimalism. It has Minimalist elements but it also has other styles, and they all kind of bump up against each other. It's very interesting." [New York Pianist]

Duckworth, who is an Ellen Williams Professor of Music at Bucknell, is a well-known theorist and composer of more than 100 works. His "Time Curve Preludes" have been performed on five continents, including at the Spoleto Festival USA, the Festival of Havana, and New York's Merkin Hall.

Of the CD, Duckworth has said, "If you'd like to know more about Brubaker's 'Time Curve' CD, read Andrea Shea's piece for Boston's NPR station, WBUR, to see a video of Bruce discussing the weights he placed on the keys to create drones. That video is also on YouTube," he said.

Chair of the piano program at Boston's New England Conservatory, Brubaker has recorded three CDs on the Arabesque label in a continuing series exploring American piano music. "Inner Cities" was released in September 2003, and includes Brubaker's transcription of Pat Nixon's aria from Adams's opera, "Nixon in China." "Glass Cage," with pieces by Glass and Cage, was named one of the 10 best releases of 2000 by The New Yorker magazine.

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