MUSIC ON MONDAYS | FACULTY ARTIST
Recital Salon, Squires | Live Stream Events, Music
February 20, 2017 at 7:30pm
Join faculty pianist Richard Masters as he scales one of the greatest peaks of the piano repertoire, Bach's Goldberg Variations.
Originally intended for use as a pedagogical tool, the thirty variations explore every possible compositional angle provided by the unforgettably beautiful theme. Also on the program, Three Transcriptions by Christoph Willibald Gluck.
Masters is a soloist, opera coach, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist at Virginia Tech, where he is an assistant professor of piano and collaborative piano on the music faculty of the School of Performing Arts. Significant collaborations include concerts with Grammy-winning baritone Donnie Ray Albert, Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Barbara Conrad, and former Juilliard String Quartet violinist Earl Carlyss. He has appeared with former Boston Symphony principal trombonist Norman Bolter, saxophonist Harvey Pittel, and under the baton of Lorin Maazel.
In the 2016-2017 season, Masters will perform chamber recitals throughout the Pacific Northwest and in California, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Playing the Goldberg Variations, he will appear on Gallery 345’s “The Art of the Piano” series in Toronto, as well as at the Roerich Museum in New York City.
"...the young and serious pianist’s power and flawless technique were impressive." - The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"Richard Masters is an astounding pianist who did justice to Frazelle’s demanding score and set the mood and fueled climax of many of the songs. 'In the Night' [...] made very vivid the virtuosity of the pianist." - Classical Voice of North Carolina
Free; no ticket required.