Huling’s Final Concert of the 2011/12 Season
“A Pianist’s Gallery”
Pianist Diane Huling gives the last recital in her series of pianist/composers programs April 22nd at 3 PM at Bethany Church in Montpelier.
Titled: “A Pianist’s Gallery; Bach, Two Russians and a Vermonter” it is a program of music whose names suggest pictorial images, including Moussorgsky’s ‘Pictures At An Exhibition’ and a world premiere of Vermont composer Erik Nielsen’s ‘Sketches,’ plus several Rachmanninof pieces including an ‘Etude Tableau.’
Also included in the program will be J.S. Bach’s ‘Italian Concerto’ – a Baroque keyboard masterpiece.
Huling performed the ‘Pictures At An Exhibition’ before, nearly ten years ago and many who heard it then have been asking her ever since to perform it again. This time, however, Huling will be adding her own stamp to the composition; she will be exhibiting her own paintings at the concert. “Moussorgsky was inspired to write ‘Pictures’ after seeing an exhibition of paintings by his good friend, Victor Hartmann, who died suddenly about a year earlier. Moussorgsky owned several paintings of Hartmann’s and was a great fan of his work. However, what most people don’t realize is that Moussorgsky used the paintings only as inspiration – not as a formal documentary of Hartmann’s works. My paintings are my own interpretation of Moussorgsky’s music, so I’ve reversed the process. Rather than creating music to match paintings, I’ve created a visual representation of the music. It was a fascinating and enlightening project, to find the meaning of each piece and create an emotional or pictorial account. “A premiere, ‘Sketches’ by Vermont composer Erik Nielsen is a series of short pieces that are “lyrical, intimate, colorful and extremely beautiful,” says Huling.