UMF Emery Community Arts Center offers live piano concerts on October 28, November 2 and 3


Aaron Wyanski, assistant professor of musical composition at UMF. UMF photo

The Emery Community Arts Center plans to present three live piano concerts this fall. The concerts feature performances by professors from UMF’s Performing Arts Division and are free and open to the public.

Limited space: Aaron Wyanski in recital is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 28.

Wyanski, Assistant Professor of Musical Composition at UMF, will perform a program of solo piano music featuring works by Charlie Parker, Henry Mancini and Billie Eilish.

Musical temporalities: Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” and Anna Thorvaldsdóttir’s “Trajectories” are scheduled at 6:00 pm on Tuesday 2 November and at 11:45 am on Wednesday 3 November.

Steven Pane, music teacher at UMF. UMF photo

Steven Pane, Music Teacher at UMF, presents Musical Temporalities: Bach’s Goldberg Variations & Anna Thorvaldsdóttir’s Trajectories.The Goldberg Variations is composed for keyboard and includes a theme played at the beginning and end which includes 30 variations. The variations create a remarkable universe of counterpoint through canons and other forms all based on the theme’s bass line. Originally written for harpsichord, Pane will play the work on the modern piano.

Trajectories is a collaborative work for piano, electronics and video projection. The music is composed by Anna Thorvaldsdóttir and the visuals are constructed by Sigurður Guðjónsson. The music of Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir is immersive. Inspired by landscapes, nature and fluid and sustained sounds, it transports the listener to the vast expanses of an unknown and alluring place.

The piece was commissioned by the Reykjavik Center for Visual Music and premiered at the RCVM festival in Iceland in January 2014.

Special thanks to Joel Johnson, Associate Technical Director of UMF, for his technical support in introducing Trajectories to Emery Community Arts Center.

Masks are mandatory for all indoor events on the UMF campus. All visitors to the Emery Community Arts Center will be screened for symptoms of COVID and must register with their name and contact details (phone number or email address) upon entry. This information will only be used if the university needs to conduct a contact tracing for confirmed exposure to the coronavirus.

For more information, email Ann Bartges, Director of the Emery Community Arts Center, [email protected]

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