Philip Glass, The Complete Piano √Čtudes

featuring Philip Glass, Maki Namekawa, Aaron Diehl, Timo Andres, + Lisa Kaplan

Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music

In celebration of the 80th birthday of legendary composer Philip Glass, the Modlin Center proudly presents The Complete Piano Études featuring Glass who will be joined by world-renowned pianists Maki Namekawa, Aaron Diehl, Timo Andres, and Lisa Kaplan.

In an effort to expand his repertoire and to hone his skills on the piano, Philip Glass composed 20 Оtudes with a broad range of dynamics and tempo. The Оtudes are separated into sets of 10. The first set (Book 1), begun in the mid-1990s, focused on technical matters of piano-playing while the second set (Book 2) presents an examination of the language of music itself — developing new strategies regarding rhythmic and harmonic movement.

Following studies at the Kunitachi Music University in Tokyo, Maki Namekawa pursued advanced work under Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, as well as studies with Werner Genuit and Kaya Han at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, and Stefan Litwin in Saarbrüken.

Pianist Aaron Diehl is one of the most sought after jazz virtuosos, consistently playing with “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint” (The New York Times). Diehl’s meticulously thoughtout performances, collaborations, and compositions are a leading force in today’s generation of jazz contemporaries.

Nonesuch Recording Artist Timo Andres’ newest album of orchestral works, Home Stretch, has been hailed for its “playful intelligence and individuality,” (The Guardian). The New Yorker wrote that his 2010 album for two pianos, Shy and Mighty, “achieved an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music since John Adams came on the scene… more mighty than shy, [Andres] sounds like himself.”

Lisa Kaplan specializes in the performance of new work by living composers and is one of the founding members of the four-time Grammy® Award-winning sextet Eighth Blackbird. Kaplan has premiered new pieces by hundreds of composers, including Andy Akiho, Derek Bermel, Jennifer Higdon, Amy Beth Kirsten, David Lang, Nico Muhly, George Perle, and Steve Reich.

LEARN! Join the Modlin Center for the Arts at 6:30PM for the pre-show Artistic Viewpoint Discussion with Philip Glass led by Lisa Kaplan, pianist and member of Eighth Blackbird. Location: Choral Room 127, Booker Hall of Music. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Ticket Information
Modlin Center Subscriber (Purchase 4+ Performances): $40
Adult: $50 UR Student: $10
Senior (62+): $44 UR Employee: $42
Child (0-12): $25 Group (20+): $44

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