Tutunov Piano Series Season Finale features Renowned Pianist Peter Serkin
(Ashland, Ore.) — The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University will conclude the Tutunov Piano Series 2017-2018 season with a concert featuring renowned Pianist Peter Serkin. Peter Serkin is a Steinway Artist and has recorded for Arcana, Boston Records, Bridge, Decca, ECM, Koch Classics, New World Records, RCA/BMG, Telarc, and Vanguard Classics.
WHAT: Tutunov Piano Series at Oregon Center for the Arts presents Peter Serkin
WHERE: SOU Music Recital Hall 450 S Mountain Ave Ashland OR
TICKETS: $20 reserved seats, FREE to full time students. Call the OCA box office at 541.552.6348 Noon-5:30 pm purchase tickets or visit oca.sou.edu/box-office anytime.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Tutunov Piano Series 2018-2019 Season Announcement will be made at the April 20, 2018 concert. Current Tutunov Piano Series Subscribers will be able to renew their subscriptions for next season and the Tutunov Piano Series 2018-2019 Season Brochure will be available.
PETER SERKIN PROGRAM:
Adagio in B minor, K.540 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata in Bb Major, K.570 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Goldberg, Variations BWV 988 Johannes Sebastian Bach
About Peter Serkin
Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, the distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin has successfully conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire. His inspired performances with symphony orchestras, in recital appearances, chamber music collaborations and on recordings have been lauded worldwide for decades.
Peter Serkin's rich musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father pianist Rudolf Serkin. He has performed with the world's major symphony orchestras with such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Alexander Schneider, Daniel Barenboim, George Szell, Eugene Ormandy, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, James Levine, Herbert Blomstedt, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and George Cleve. A dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Serkin has collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, the Budapest, Guarneri, Orion and Shanghai String Quartets and TASHI, of which he was a founding member.
An avid exponent of the music of many of the 20th and 21st century's most important composers, Mr. Serkin has been instrumental in bringing to life the music of Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Stravinsky, Wolpe,Messiaen, Takemitsu, Henze, Berio, Wuorinen, Goehr, Knussen, Lieberson and others for audiences around the world. He has performed many important world premieres of works written specifically for him, in particular by Toru Takemitsu, Hans Werner Henze, Luciano Berio, Leon Kirchner, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen, Charles
Wuorinen and Peter Lieberson. Mr. Serkin has recently made several arrangements of four-hand music by Mozart, Schumann and his grandfather, Adolf Busch, for various chamber ensembles and for full orchestra. He has also arranged all of Brahms’s organ Chorale-Preludes, transcribed for one piano, four-hands.
The 2016 summer season featured engagements at the Ravinia and Music Mountain Chamber Music Festivals, BBC Prom, Oxford Philharmonic and Bellingham Music Festival performing concertos, chamber music, and duo piano programs. Mr. Serkin traveled to Havana, Cuba with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra in June and rounded out the summer as Artist-in-Residence at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, performing one recital and six collaborative concerts.
This season, Mr. Serkin performs solo recitals in New York City, Beacon, NY, and Mount Kisco, NY, and orchestral programs with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Berkshire and Longwood Symphonies. In April, he joins members of the New York Philharmonic in a performance of the Busch Piano Quintet at New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall at Kauffman Music Center. Following an engagement with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Philadelphia, Mr. Serkin embarks on a European tour with the orchestra, performing Brahms Piano Concert No. 1
in London, Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg, Dresden, Bremen and Wroclaw. Orchestral highlights of recent seasons have included the Boston, Chicago, American, Sydney and Saint Louis Symphonies, New York Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, while recital tours have taken Mr. Serkin to Hong Kong, Cologne, Philadelphia, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Santa Monica, Princeton and New York’s 92nd Street Y. Recent summer festival appearances have included BBC London Proms, Tanglewood, La Jolla, Aldeburgh, Chautauqua and Denmark’s Oremandsgaard Festival.
Mr. Serkin currently teaches at Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Photo of Mr. Serkin submitted by OCA.
About the Oregon Center for the Arts
The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University serves as a creative catalyst for the mixture of students, educators, and artists from the state, the nation and the world. The beautiful Southern Oregon mountain setting provides a special place to learn, explore and train in all of the arts disciplines. Visit Oca.sou.edu
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