CLAYTON PIANO FESTIVAL CONCERT FOR HOPE
Clayton Piano Festival presents an intimate home concert livestream event, featuring past CPF performers directly from their living rooms. The event features world class artists, Rachel Flowers, Matthew Harrison, piano duo team Julia Mortyakova and Valentin Bogdan, and Angelo Rondello. Hosted by Jonathan Levin and Christin Danchi, this "tour" of the United States travels to New York City, Seattle, WA, Los Angeles, CA, and Columbus, MS to check in with inspiring, multi-talented artists, hear their music and stories dealing with these unprecedented times.
PERFORMERS AND SCHEDULE
Appalachia Waltz - Mark O’Connor (B. 1962)
Christin Danchi is a collaborative violinist and violist with a passion for exploring connections between music and visual arts, politics, sports, and other disciplines. Her performance interests include solo, chamber and orchestral collaborations. She has performed at a variety of locations including the North Carolina House of Representatives, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Saint Patrick’s National Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, the Antiguo Convento de la Trinidad in Alcalá la Real, Spain, and Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh. She has worked with conductors Manfred Honeck, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Joseph Silverstein, Gerard Schwarz, Paul Polivnick, Barry Douglas, and Andrés Cárdenes. Christin played baroque violin as part of the UNC Baroque Ensemble and has experience in chamber music from the Baroque to the contemporary.
Piano Sonata No. 24 in F# Major, Op. 78 - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Tarantella, S. 162 No. 3 (from Venezia e Napoli) - Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Pianist, educator and cultural ambassador Angelo Rondello’s playing has been described as “fascinating, enthralling, magnetic” (Philippine Star), and “a true tour-de-force such as not often encountered.” (Classical Voice of North Carolina). His work as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher has brought him to Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Norway, Italy, Hungary and throughout the USA. A champion of living composers, he has commissioned works by, collaborated with, and performed US/foreign/world premieres of works by such notable composers as Knut Vaage, Samuel Jones, Gordon Chin, Szilard Kovacs and others. In Seattle, he has performed with North Corner Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Philharmonia NW, Lake Union Civic Orchestra, Cascade Symphony, Seattle Festival Orchestra and others.
Variations on Balkan Themes Op. 60 (1st set) - Amy Beach (1867-1944)
Le Matin et Le Soir Op. 79 (Morning and Evening) - Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944)
JULIA MORTYAKOVA AND VALENTIN BOGDAN DUO
The Second Prize Winners at the 2017 Ellis Duo Piano Competition, the Mortyakova/Bogdan piano duo (Julia Mortyakova and Valentin M. Bogdan) has appeared across the US and Europe, performing two piano and piano four-hand works, and concerti. They have performed at numerous conferences and festivals including the Moscow Autumn International Festival (Russia), Festival Spread Spectrum (Russia), University of Transilvania Concert Series (Brasov, Romania), Music by Women International Festival, Festival Miami, Assisi Performing Arts (Italy), National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA), College Music Society, MTNA, Fair Lane Music Guild, and the National Federation of Music Clubs. They have appeared as duo piano soloists with the Assisi Performing Arts Festival Orchestra in Italy, and the Starkville Symphony Orchestra in Columbus, Mississippi. Dr. Mortyakova and Dr. Bogdan are music faculty at Mississippi University for Women. They have recently released a duo piano album, “Journey for Two” which has been reviewed as “flawless” and “engaging” in the Journal International Alliance for Women in Music. The album currently streams on Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify and many other streaming services.
Greg’s Favorite - Rachel Flowers (1993-present)
The Falcon Will Fly Again - Brad Mehldau (1970-present)
Captain Jon - Geoffrey Keezer (1970-present)
San Diego born multi-instrumentalist and composer Rachel Flowers started playing the piano when she was two years old. Labeled a prodigy, she became a student of the Southern California Conservatory of Music when she was four. Around nine, she discovered jazz and progressive rock, and at thirteen years old her classical music studies were being supplemented by private instruction in jazz improvisation from the Thelonious Monk Intitute.
Now 26, Rachel has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Taylor Eigsti, Dweezil Zappa, Robert Berry, and Saga vocalist Michael Sadler, among others. Her travels have taken her across the United States and into Europe, and she has been a guest performer at the Havana Jazz Festival.
With her background in classical, jazz, and rock, Rachel has developed a beautiful and unique style. She has released two solo albums of her original music - "Listen" and "Going Somewhere" - and a collaborative EP with Michael Sadler. Her third album, "Bigger on the Inside" is currently in progress and scheduled for release in mid-2020.
Waltz in C-sharp Minor Op. 64 no. 2 - Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Barcarolle in F-sharp Major Op. 60 - Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Pianist, writer, and teacher Matthew Harrison brings to his performances an enthusiasm for music that is enriched by his love of reading, mountaineering, conducting, and camping.Mr. Harrison is the director of music at Harry Truman High School in the Bronx, and teaches piano literature in the Precollege Division of the Manhattan School of Music.He has been heard live on WQXR and is published in the Wall Street Journal.Pianist Garrick Ohlsson has been an invaluable mentor to him, and he worked closely with the writer David Dubal while at the Manhattan School of Music.Masterwork Conversations, the company he formed with his wife Vlada Yaneva, has been bringing audiences closer to classical music with an interactive lecture-recital format.He is the proud father of two daughters.