Friday, September 14, 2012

Matthew Odell Concert

Pianist Matthew Odell presents
recital of American masterworks
workshop on the music of French composer Olivier Messiaen.
Friday, October 5 at 8pm
at the Bethany Arts Center in Montpelier

Pianist Matthew Odell will present a special program featuring American masterworks by Samuel Barber and Elliott Carter along with works by Claude Debussy on Friday, October 5 at 8pm at the Bethany Arts Center (115 Main Street) in Montpelier. A workshop on the music of Olivier Messiaen will follow at the same location on Saturday the 6th at noon.
The program will feature the piano sonata of Samuel Barber and several recent works by Elliott Carter, who at age 103 is still actively composing. Rounding out the evening will be a performance of Debussy’s Estampes, a musical postcard of three different locales-the pagodas of Japan, an evening in Grenada, and the gardens of Paris in summer. The Saturday afternoon workshop will focus on the life and music of Olivier Messiaen, a composer whose music was largely shapes by his religious beliefs and love of nature. Mr. Odell has studied and performed this music in depth and is in the midst of an ongoing project to perform the composer’s entire solo piano works.
The workshop will include various music examples and anecdotes from Mr. Odell’s studies with people who knew and worked with Messiaen. The workshop on the music of Olivier Messiaen will at the Bethany Arts Center, Saturday the 6th at noon.

Matthew Odell has been hailed as “excellent” by the New York Times and “brilliant . . . playing with total commitment and real abandon” by Gramophone. Recent concerts have including such diverse projects as Messiaen’s Des canyons aux √©toiles. . . with Maestro David Robertson and the Juilliard Orchestra for the reopening of Alice Tully Hall, a performance in the New York Philharmonic’s Stravinsky festival, a recital and masterclass in Paris, and a six-concert tour of Taiwan with the Hampton Trio. In addition to performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Mr. Odell has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A passionate advocate of the music of our time, Mr. Odell frequently premieres works written for him. He has performed contemporary repertoire with the New Juilliard Ensemble, the AXIOM Ensemble, and the American Art Song Festival, a group he founded in 2004. In addition, he has also worked with many prominent composers, including Pierre Boulez, John Corigliano, Mark Adamo, and Robert Aldridge.

Mr. Odell currently teaches at The Juilliard School, where he graduated with a doctoral degree. He has studied with Marian Hahn at the Peabody Conservatory and with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Ann Schein.