August 25, 2011


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. Pianist Lois Svard will present a concert of solo works and duo-piano pieces performed with guest artists and friends on Friday, Sept. 9, at 8:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. [note change in time of performance]

The recital, which is free and open to the public, is part of the celebration surrounding her retirement after 27 years of teaching and performing at Bucknell.

Svard will perform solo piano works by George Tsontakis and friends and colleagues Kyle Gann and William Duckworth.

Contemporary American piano music
Well-known as a champion of contemporary American piano music, Svard has performed at festivals, on performing arts series at colleges and universities, and at major performance venues in the United States and in Europe.

She has premiered more than a dozen new piano works written for her. During her career, she has recorded for Lovely Music, Inc., and Innovera Studios. In 2007, she received Bucknell University's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Fanfare magazine reported that "Svard's performance impresses me as so in keeping with the music's soul as to sound a syncretic marvel." Her DVD of Annea Lockwood's prepared-piano work, "Ear-Walking Woman," released by Innovera Studios, has been met with critical acclaim in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. Critics have called it "fascinating," "irresistible" and "a significant contribution to the performance, composition and study of contemporary avant-garde piano music."

Guest artists
Svard will be joined in a Rachmaninoff work for two pianos by recent Bucknell graduate Amanda Child, a neuroscience major who studied piano with Svard.

Pianist Genevieve Lee, Everett S. Olive Professor of Music at Pomona College and former faculty member at Bucknell, will join Svard in a two-piano work by George Crumb.

Internationally known Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen will join Svard in a performance of movements from "Shy and Mighty" by the young American composer Timothy Andres. The New Yorker noted that "Shy and Mighty achieves an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music ... "

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