Official 17-18 season announcement below!! Still working on a few possibilities, but there's more than enough to let everyone know what's in store this next year...let's call it "Beethoven, Bernstein, and Baseball."
Major project: "Liszt van Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies for Solo Piano." With Beethoven's 250th upcoming in 2020, I'm learning all nine symphonies in "triads" starting this year. I'll be scheduling lecture-recitals and traditional recitals centering on the First, Sixth, and Third Symphonies. I have several dates and locations pending that will be announced once the school year gets underway, but I have already scheduled a performance in Atlanta on September 16, and the WBU performances will be February 1-3, so mark your calendars and make your travel plans!! More info here:
Major work: Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety," with Lubbock Symphony Orchestra at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center on November 10-11. This is a really fascinating work based on W. H. Auden's book-length poem of the same name. The pianist is front-and-center as a sort of narrator, so this is really more of a piano concerto than a traditional symphony.
Fun times: "Rhapsody in Blue: A Royal Recital." I am really looking forward to this one...Handel, Griffes, Liszt, and Gershwin to kick off the 2018 Kansas City Royals season! April 13th at Schmitt Music in Overland Park, KS.
I'll also be contributing to Paul Barnes' "Lisztomania" birthday bash on October 22 at UNL, playing "Carnival of the Animals" on March 4 with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra at Nebraska Wesleyan, and performing once again with the Caerus Ensemble in Lubbock in early September.
Plus, I get to teach and collaborate with some of the best colleagues anyone could wish for...here's to a great year!