Tuesday, November 2, 2010

John Van Buskirk piano recital

John Van Buskirk will give a benefit piano recital for the Otago Community Hospice on Saturday, 13 November at 3:00pm in Marama Hall at the University of Otago.

The programme -- Preludes and Etudes – features 10 preludes by Anthony Ritchie interspersed with preludes and etudes by Liszt, Bach, Shostakovich. Matthew McConnell and Rachmaninov.

Anthony Ritchie’s 24 Preludes for the Piano were written in 2002. They “cover a whole variety of characters and moods”. Taking a cue from Bach and Shostakovich, Anthony has included some contrapuntal forms in his preludes, making several of the preludes very close in spirit to fugues, and in one case, a passacaglia. It was these procedures and dedications to these composers that sparked the idea of a mixed programme of the old and new as they cast light on each other.

John Van Buskirk is an American pianist now living in Dunedin. He appears with his wife Tessa Petersen as La Belle Alliance, a violin/piano duo. The duo is to perform in January at the Biennial Conference of the IRMT which is to be held in Dunedin. Tessa Petersen is the Lecturer in Violin at the University of Otago.

Tickets will be sold at the door -- $20 for adults, $5 for students and children with all proceeds going to the Dunedin Hospice.

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