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February 7, 2013, 7:00 pm

Library of Johnston County and Smithfield

Phone: 919-934-8146

Jonathan Levin, Host and Pianist

Free admission

Artistic Director of Clayton Piano Festival, Jonathan Levin, hosts a public performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless classic, Peter and the Wolf.  The show will begin with a brief introductory talk about musical characterization and how each personality in the story is represented by different types of music.  Every child can identify with Peter, the adventurous and confident young boy who ignores his grandfather’s admonition to stay safely near home. In the course of his exploration of the forbidden meadow with his friend the bird, they meet a duck, a cat, and a wolf, all represented by different themes.  A slide show with illustrations from the story will run throughout the performance. At the conclusion the floor is opened up for questions.

February 8, 2013, 7:30 pm

Clayton Center Performing Arts Auditorium

Box Office: 919-553-1737

Jonathan Levin, pianist

$12 general, $8 students and seniors, kids 8 and under are free

American Frontiers explores the incredible diversity and range of styles that make up the American musical experience starting with the Romanticism of Edward MacDowell’s To a Water Lily all the way up to the present day with William Bolcom’s many-sided and original Nine New Bagatelles.  Along the way we are treated to Gershwin’s lively Three Preludes, the evocative Tides of Manaunaun by Henry Cowell, Copland’s vibrant and colorful El Salon Mexico and the brilliant, rarely performed Piano Sonata No. 2 by George T. Walker, the first African-American composer to win a Pulizer Prize. Music of Charles Griffes ends the program with his haunting masterpiece, the Piano Sonata.

Charles Griffes
Edward MacDowell              
To a Water Lily from Woodland Sketches Op. 50 (1896)                                                         
Witches Dance Op. 17 No. 2 (1883)

George Gershwin
3 Preludes (1926)                                                                                                                                                                    
Henry Cowell
The Tides of Manaunaun (1917)                                                                                                                                             
Aaron Copland/Arr. Bernstein
El Salon Mexico (1936)                                                                                                                        
George T. Walker
Sonata No. 2 (1957)                                                                                                                                                                
William Bolcom
Nine New Bagatelles (2006)                                                                                                                                           
1. (…’and then what happened?’)
2. (…what happened)
3. (…a bird comments–to another bird?)
4. (…Lord Lovell’s trunk)
5. (…a little story)
6. (…take no prisoners)
7. (…valse oubliable)
8. (…benediction)
9. (…pavane for the dead/hope’s feathers)

Charles Griffes
Piano Sonata (1918)                         

Young Artists Seminar

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Clayton Piano Festival hosts an intensive, day-long piano performance seminar designed to present students with the opportunity to hone their skills and deepen their understanding of the art of piano performance.  All events are free and open to the public.


11:00-1:00 pm – Masterclass - presented by Margaret Evans – First Baptist Church of Clayton

Students will learn to improve their own performances through the expertise of Meredith College professor Margaret Evans.

2:00-3:30pm – Principles of Technique - presented by Angelo Rondello – The Women’s Club of Clayton Clubhouse

A discussion of the core elements of physical, musical, and expressive technique at the keyboard.  A Q&A session will follow.

4:00-5:30 – Masters of the Keyboard - presented by Jonathan Levin – The Women’s Club of Clayton Clubhouse

Through listening to landmark recordings by Cortot, Rachmaninov, Horowitz, and others, the class will analyze what made these performers great.

7:00 pm Closing Concert - hosted by Angelo Rondello – Bethesda Baptist Church                                                                                                                                           

February 11, 2013, 7:30 pm

Clayton Center Performing Arts Auditorium

Box Office: 919-553-1737

Angelo Rondello, pianist

$12 general, $8 students and seniors, kids 8 and under are free

From reveries of childhood and love to the darkest horrors composed for the piano.

Dreams & Nightmares brings listeners from the innocent to the horrific. Opening with Schumann’s simple, unpretentious and nostalgic Kinderszenen, the program then moves to Scriabin’s terrifying “Black Mass” sonata, one of the darkest works in the piano repertoire. Liszt’s perennial favorite, the Liebestraume in A-flat, brings repose, with a classic romantic dream of love. The program closes with Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit, which depicts a water nymph luring a man to the depths of a lake, a corpse hanging from the gallows, and a goblin who haunts a madman in the night.

Robert Schumann
Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood)

Alexander Scriabin
Sonata no. 9 “Black Mass”

Franz Liszt
Liebestraum no. 3 (Dream of Love)

Maurice Ravel
Gaspard de la nuit
Le gibet

February 14, 2013, 5:30 pm

Wagner House

Phone: 919-271-6398

Matthew Harrison and Vlada Yaneva, pianists

$35  - includes full course meal, the concert and dessert reception with the artists.

For the old masters Mozart and Beethoven, Vienna was the city for music.  Its roots run deep in the fabric of European culture, and even Chopin and Ravel paid their musical dues to this great city.  Not only do coffee and pastry make Vienna important; we must remember that it survived sieges from the east by the Ottoman empire and also from the west with Napoleon’s conquering army.  These events left their musical mark with Mozart’s Rondo alla Turca and Beethoven’s “Das Lebewohl” sonata.  Later it was the delightful Waltz which invaded Vienna, and Friedman and Godowsky both captured the elegant nostalgia of a city “Where yesterday looks backwards with a Smile through Tears.” Our program concludes with the fiery Gypsy rhythms of Brahms who made this city his home for the last three decades of his life.

Don’t miss this special Valentines Day party which starts with hors d’œuvre and dinner, proceeding to the evening concert after which will be dessert and opportunities to meet the artists.  The Historic Wagner House provides the ultimate lavish salon setting of yesteryear!

Sonata in A major K331,  Mvt 3 “Turkish March”

Sonata in E-flat major op.81a “Das Lebewohl”

Grande Valse Brillante Op. 18
 Etude Op. 10 no. 12 “Revolutionary”

Valses Nobles et Sentimentales

Viennese Waltz No.2

Alt Wien

Hungarian Dances

February 15, 2013, 7:30 pm

Clayton Center Performing Arts Auditorium

Box Office: 919-553-1737

Craig Ketter, pianist

Randolph Foy, guest lecturer

$12 general, $8 students and seniors, kids 8 and under are free

The final concert of Clayton Piano Festival’s second season will be a tribute to the endless resources of sound and expressive scope of the piano.  An Orchestra of One examines repertoire which was either composed for orchestra and later transcribed for the piano or music  for orchestra which was originally conceived on the piano.  The program takes you from Maurice Ravel’s  Le Tombeau de Couperin – a memorial to six of his fallen colleagues in WW I, to Liszt’s realization of an episode from Goethe’s Faust in Mephisto Walze No. 1  and his transcription of Richard Wagner’s passionate Liebestod from Tristan and Isolda.  Completing the program will be one of the great masterworks of the Russian literature, Mussorgsky’s colorful and majestic Pictures at an Exhibition.  Pianist Craig Ketter will be join by guest lecturer Randolph Foy, conductor of the Raleigh Civic Symphony who will be sharing insights about the works throughout the evening.

Maurice Ravel
Le Tombeau de Couperin

Franz Liszt
Mephisto Walze No. 1

Richard Wagner/Franz Liszt
Isolde’s Liebestod

Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition

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