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Guest Artist Gloria Cheng: "MONTAGE: Great film composers & the piano"
Laudie Porter Series Artist
Grammy award winning pianist Gloria Cheng presents one of her latest projects, "MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano", followed by a solo performance.
According to The Boston Globe, "Cheng is an authority on modern piano music, having premiered works that run the aesthetic gamut from Terry Riley to Pierre Boulez." Cheng's recitals and recordings depict wide-ranging tastes across the contemporary landscape and often explore significant interconnections between composers. Her 2008 Piano Music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Stucky, and Witold Lutosławski (Telarc) captured the Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance without Orchestra, and her 2013 release, The Edge of Light: Messiaen/Saariaho (harmonia mundi usa), was nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.
In 2015 she launched MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano, a CD featuring solo works composed for her by Bruce Broughton (Silverado, Young Sherlock Holmes), Don Davis (The Matrix, Beauty and the Beast), Alexandre Desplat (The Queen, Grand Budapest Hotel, Argo), Michael Giacchino (Up, Lost, Ratatouille), Randy Newman (Monsters, Inc, Toy Story), and John Williams (Star Wars, Jaws, E.T.). This album is accompanied by a documentary film chronicling the collaborations and recording process.
The six composers featured in Montage are among today's most sought-after creators of film music. (They have amply demonstrated their skill at creating mood and propelling action for a mass audience.) But when working away from the movie screen, what melodies, harmonies, and cadences might haunt their private dreams? Gloria Cheng offers an answer to those questions with first recordings of their new works for solo piano, "a medium that can often reveal a composer’s truest voice."
Find more info at: gloriachengpiano.com.
Don't miss the Masterclass with Gloria Cheng on Saturday, February 11, from 11am-1pm in the Concert Hall.
Sponsored by Music. Contact: Holly Streekstra, x4475