“Contraption” on the barge

I just got word that the brilliant Geoffrey Burleson will give the first New York City performance of my set of piano pieces Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift. He will be playing the piece at Bargemusic on April 8, with a preview of one of the movements at an April 5 event at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, 152 W. 66th Street in NYC.

I first heard Geoff’s playing on Barbara White‘s excellent disc “Apocryphal Stories”, later enjoying his disc of the complete Arthur Berger piano music. Check out the videos on his website, including music by David Rakowski and Jacob TV.

Second day of Spring Miscellany

– One-act operas by Anthony Davis, Barbara White and Princeton undergrad James Chu will be done at the McCarter Center in Princeton on March 30 and 31. Susan Narucki is the lead in a new opera by Davis, Lear on the Second Floor. It’s been years since I saw it, but I did like Davis’s Malcolm X opera. Sarah Davis is the lead for Barbara White’s piece – I first heard Sarah at Songfest, thought she did a wonderful job with a Harbison premiere.

Mary Mackenzie offers a recital with unusually interesting repertoire on March 30 at WMP Concert Hall in New York. Here’s the program:

Satie – Trois Mélodies de 1916
Webern – Fünf Lieder aus Der siebente Ring, op. 3
Hindemith – Das Marienleben (selections)
Lutyens – Lament of Isis on the Death of Osiris
Rameau – Tristes apprêts, pâles flambeaux
Barber – Mélodies Passagères
Harbison – Simple Daylight

Her pianist is Alan Hamilton.

– I’m about a month late linking to this post by Joy Howie of Emmanuel Church, but it’s still Lent, and, as the scripture says, “Now is the acceptable time”.

– and a bit of belated St. Patrick’s Day humor, fecund in its nuttiness.