Two fall programs will showcase the work of modern composers, including a performance by Marilyn Nonken of the works of Crawford and Ives and a festival celebrating Spanish pianist and composer Enrique Granados.

Eduardus Halim at piano
Sascha Gorodnitzki Chair in Piano Studies Eduardus Halim will discuss the legacy of Enrique Granados at a festival celebrating the Spanish composer, November 19.

The Program in Piano Studies at NYU Steinhardt´s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions today announced highlights of its fall public events schedule, encompassing performance and panel discussions focused on modern composers. All events are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, October 19, Program Director in Piano Studies Marilyn Nonken will present “Ultramoderns,” a performance of Crawford’s Nine Preludes and Ives’s Sonata No. 2, Concord, Mass. “Ultramoderns” will take place at 8 p.m. at Loewe Theater, located at 35 W. 4th Street (between Green Street and Washington Square East).

The Washington Post writes, “There is genuine majesty in the "Concord" Sonata, and nobody else, in my experience, has brought it out so convincingly as Nonken.” The New York Times’s Paul Griffeths says, “You could tolerate not hearing Ives's ''Concord'' Sonata too often … if every performance were as fresh, as inviting, as cogent and as delectable in sound and gesture as Marilyn Nonken's.”

On Saturday, November 19, Piano Studies students will present a festival devoted to Spanish pianist and composer Enrique Granados (1867-1916), entitled "Granados: Composer, Pedagogue and Virtuoso," presented in collaboration with Steinway & Sons and the King Juan Carlos I Center at NYU.

Festivities kick off at 1 p.m. with student performances of Granados’s most iconic pieces at Steinhardt’s Education Building located at 34 W. 4th Street, Room 303. Granados’s Danzas Españolas, the Valses Poéticos, and the Escenas Romanticas will be played, along with some rarely performed works. Student performers include Alexandra Aria Scheer, Chantal Balestri, Leandro Rodríguez Jáuregui, Melodie Wong, and Nicholas Hrynyk.

The performances will be followed by two panels taking place at 4 p.m. at the screening room at King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU, located at 53 Washington Square South:  “Reconstructing the Concierto Patético” and “Granados: Virtuoso and Teacher.” Panelists will include Sascha Gorodnitzki Chair in Piano Studies Eduardus Halim; SUNY Oneonta faculty member Adam Kent; José Menor, resident artist of the Granados Centenary Commission; Sergi Casanelles, adjunct professor at Steinhardt’s Scoring for Film and Multimedia Program; and Piano Studies doctoral student and festival curator Isabel Pérez Dobarro.

The festival will conclude with a 7p.m. reception at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU, in the Atrium. For more information about the Piano Studies Program at NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, visit here.

Marilyn Nonken

Marilyn Nonken, program director in Piano Studies, performs Ives and Crawford, Wednesday, October 19.

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