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Musical Notes with Alex Beyer and Friends

Thursday, August 07, 2014, 07:30pm - 09:00pm

alex beyer alan murchie collage

A Summer Soirée to benefit Pequot Library
Titans of Tragedy

The passionate four-hand work of Brahms and Rachmaninoff
Duo Piano

Alex Beyer, piano and Alan Murchie, piano

Alex says:
Alan and I will perform a program we have waited so long to share. It will be based on two massive works - in sound, structure, emotional toil, and every other facet. First, the Brahms "Sonata for Two Pianos" will expose fantasy worlds of romance and demise. Then the first Rachmaninoff "Suite for Two Pianos" will test mind, body, and spirit: based on the poetry of Tyutchev,Lermontov, and Khomyakov, it is a mercurial journey through the polarities of the human experience.

SOLD OUT. Thank You!

Save $10 by purchasing all three concerts for $50.00!
June 26: Alex Beyer on piano; Max Tan on violin
July 10: Alex Beyer solo, the theme being a journey through the last 100 years
August 7: Alex Beyer on piano; Alan Murchie on piano

Save $5 per ticket by ordering online. $20/online; $25/at the door.

About Alex Beyer:
Heralded as a “sensation” with “formidable technique” by the Hartford Courant, Alex Beyer has acquired an impressive array of prestigious concert appearances nationally and internationally. He has been a guest soloist with the Milwaukee, Charlotte, Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, and Bridgeport Symphony Orchestras, among others. First prize awards came in the Renee Fischer Competition and MTNA State and Regional Competitions. He received the Jeniam Foundation Scholarship award from the Stamford Symphony in 2011 and was a finalist in the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Competition, a 2011 MTNA national finalist and prizewinner in the 2010 PianoArts Competition. He was a Young Artists Finalist and recipient of the 012 US Presidential Scholar Award in the Arts.

Alex has studied with Dr. Matti Raekallio and Melvin Chen. He currently studies with Yoshie Akimoto, and as a rising sophomore in the Harvard/NEC dual degree program studies with Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun. He has recently played in master classes for Jeremy Denk, Menahem Pressler, and Kirill Gerstein.

In the summer months he has attended the Killington Music Festival, Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg, the Saarburg Festival in Germany, and most recently, the Taos Music Festival where he worked with Robert McDonald and Thomas Sauer.

He has collaborated with conductors Gustav Meier, Carolyn Kuan, Andrews Sill, T. Francis Wada, Constantine Kitsopolous, and Edward Cummings, and has recently performed with Nicholas Kitchen and Yeesun Kim, founding members of the Borromeo Quartet. He has performed in the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Paul Hall, Jordan Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the New World Center, Woolsey Hall, and the Gusman Center.

He has organized benefit concerts for the Red Cross, Project Learn, Music for Youth, Mercy Learning Center, Keys and the Pequot Library. He has produced two popular music concert series: Sundays at Four and Musical Notes with Alex Beyer.

For more information and audio recordings please go to: www.alexbeyerpianist.com

 

About Alan Murchie:
Alan Murchie is a versatile musician whose performance schedule includes regular appearances as a solo pianist, organist, conductor, chamber musician, and lecturer. Recent concert performances include piano and organ concerti with The Knights, a live recital on WGBH Boston with BSO cellist Owen Young, and appearances at summer festivals including Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, New York. As a solo pianist, Alan has toured Morocco and has performed in Vienna, Berlin, Edinburgh, Venice, and Florence. As organist, Alan’s New York recital venues have included the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola and Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue.

Alan’s musical career began at age ten, when he joined the renowned Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. He later attended Yale College, where he was named “most promising and gifted composer” and his Paean for brass and woodwinds was chosen to open a concert dedicating the new Yale School of Music campus.

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