An evening of piano music inspired from painting, sculpture, and the visual arts.
Pianist Vicki Ray is a soloist and collaborative artist and a founding member in 1994 of Piano Spheres, along with Leonard Stein. Though he has since passed away, “his mark on Piano Spheres is indelible: make great programs, stretch yourself, help create new works.”
In a book commemorating the group’s 10th anniversary, Stein wrote:
What started as a cooperative venture between four—later five—of the most interesting pianists of Los Angeles in 1994, soon grew into an annual series of five programs featuring new and unusual works, some of them special commissions given their world premieres.…each pianist has chosen his or her own repertoire and, although all agreed on the types of music to be performed, each program turned out to be very distinctive, according to the temperament of the individual artist. The pianists of Piano Spheres are Gloria Cheng, Vicki Ray, Mark Robson, Susan Svrcek, and Leonard Stein.…The Piano Spheres, so far as we know, is the only one of its kind in the world, a real American ‘original.’ (PianoSpheres.org)
Vicki Ray has been a member of the piano faculty at CalArts since 1991. Composers such as John Adams, Paul Dresher, and Stephen Hartke have written music for her. The L.A. Times commends her for “displaying that kind of musical thoroughness and technical panache that puts composer’s thoughts directly before the listener.” (MondayEveningConcerts.org)
Ray will perform works by Andriessen, Zorn, Ung, Volans, and Antheil.
Piano Spheres: Visual Music with Vicki Ray
Friday, July 12th, 8 p.m.
Boston Court Performing Arts Center
70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena
Tickets: general, $25; seniors, $20 (purchase online here)
For more info, visit BostonCourt.com