Saturday, May 01, 2010

Beethoven in the Afternoon--and Puccini, Chopin, etc.

A rare late afternoon performance features guest pianist Caleb Harris, who plays two solo works before combining with HSU Music faculty Elisabeth Harrington and Daniela Mineva, on Saturday May 1 at 5 pm in the Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Currently teaching at University of Northern Colorado and conducting the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, Caleb Harris has a varied career as a piano soloist, conductor and vocal coach. For this HSU concert, Harris performs Beethoven’s Piano Sonata #17, known as the Tempest Sonata, because it was reputedly inspired by the Shakespeare play of that title. It was composed in 1802, generally designated as the end of Beethoven’s early period.

Also in the solo half of the program, Harris performs several works by Chopin, including Scherzo #1, a piano Etude and the Fantasy Impromptu.

Then Harris accompanies soprano and HSU Music professor Elisabeth Harrington who performs an aria from Puccini’s La Boheme and songs by Richard Strauss. Pianist and HSU Music professor Daniela Mineva joins Harris to play two pieces for two pianos: Scaramouche by 20th century French composer Darius Milhaud, and Paganini Variations by 20th century Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski.

In addition to his concert, Caleb Harris will conduct a piano Master Class for pianists and voice students on Friday April 30 at 12 pm in Fulkerson Recital Hall. This class is free and open to all.

Guest pianist Caleb Harris performs with Elisabeth Harrington and Daniela Mineva at a special time of 5 pm on Saturday May 1 in Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets: $8/$3 students and seniors from HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. An HSU Department of Music production.

Media: Arcata Eye, Humboldt State Now, Humboldt Beacon

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