Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Piano Concert

The Bethany Center for the Arts
announces a world-class concert of music for two pianos
Friday, March, 30, 2012 at 8pm,
Bethany Church,
115 Main Street Montpelier VT
The Transcontinental Piano Duo,
Elaine Greenfield and Janice Meyer Thompson, pianists

A Program of Dances and Variations including, Slavonic Dance, Antonin Dvorák, Variations on an Original Theme, Franz Schubert, Selected French Dances, Claude Debussy, Selections from the Dolly Suite, Gabriel Fauré, Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Franz Liszt,Souvenirs, Ballet Suite, Op. 28 Samuel Barber and Variations on a Theme of Paganini for Two Pianos , Witold Lutoslawski

Suggested donation $20 or sliding scale. Information at arthurzorn@hotmail.com or (802)223-2424 and at www.transcontinentalpianoduo.com

The Transcontinental Piano Duo met in the summer of 1990, when both members were on the faculty of the Adamant Music School in Adamant, Vermont. Their friendship and musical rapport soon led to formation of the Arizona/Vermont duo. Since 1992 the Duo has given workshops, master classes and performances nationwide, performing in university settings, at professional conferences, and in community concert series across the United States. Reviews note the Duo’s “impeccable ensemble”, “great musicianship and versatility”, and “delicate phrasing and expressive lines…many moments of brilliance and excitement.” Recent highlights include an enthusiastically received workshop on duo piano techniques presented at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, a performance at Arizona’s prestigious Steinway Chamber Music Festival, and their latest recording, French Piano Four-Hands with the Elegant Erard (1877)… music of Debussy, Fauré, Bizet, and Ravel performed on an historic instrument… released by Centaur Records. The Duo are featured presenters at the 2012 MTNA National Conference, March 24 – 28, at the Hilton, NYC Web site: http://www.transcontinentalpianoduo.com

ELAINE GREENFIELD is a widely acclaimed pianist, having been recognized internationally for her performances, recordings, and master teaching, with a distinguished career as soloist/lecture recitalist, and collaborative artist. Nationally, Ms. Greenfield has received rave reviews for performances at Carnegie, Merkin and Steinway Halls, the Phillips Collection, Boston’s Gardner Museum, and concert venues coast to coast. The NEW YORK TIMES hailed her “crystalline clarity, tonal warmth, graceful airiness, and rhythmically strong” playing, with “a formidable technique”. CLAVIER magazine lauded Ms. Greenfield’s CD release “Debussy Preludes, Bks.1 & 2,” Centaur Records, calling her performances “impeccable... ”…“how this music was meant to sound.” CLASSICS TODAY praised her "sensitivity and control", "alluring pedal effects"...."meeting technical challenges with no effort". Ms. Greenfield is artistic director of Greenfield Piano Associates, and St. Paul’s Cathedral Arts in Burlington, VT, where she resides. http://www.elainegreenfield.com

JANICE MEYER THOMPSON has enjoyed a diverse career as soloist, collaborative artist, lecture-recitalist, and master teacher across North America, Europe, and Asia. Highlights have included performances in the premier conservatory concert halls of China and South Korea, at the Val Tidone and Maggio Musicale Festivals (Italy), at the U.S. Consulate in Florence (Italy) and at the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland). Acclaimed for her “beautiful sound, easy versatility of style, and remarkable sensitivity to phrasing and nuance,” Thompson maintains a lively performance schedule with her professional vocal/instrumental chamber music ensemble, The Kent Camerata, with the Transcontinental Piano Duo, and with faculty colleagues in the Arizona State University School of Music where she holds the rank of Full Professor. A graduate of Northwestern University, Dr. Thompson also enjoys a national reputation as a leader in the field of graduate piano pedagogy and piano teacher training.