The program will include sonatas by Beethoven and Prokofiev, William Grant Still's Suite for Violin and Piano, and the Ithaca premiere of Variations in the Name of Peace by Robert Kyr. Kyr's work will have received its world premiere at the Carnegie Hall performance.
Fritz Gearhart has performed for audiences nationwide. January 2002 marked his fifth appearance in Carnegie Hall since 1998. Several CDs featuring Gearhart have been released in the last few years to rave reviews. In a recent sampling from the press, the Wall Street Journal called Gearhart's work "a sizzling performance," and the New York Times praised him as "supple and imaginative."
John Owings consistently wins enthusiastic praise from audiences and critics for his exciting pianism and sensitive artistry. "Real spiritual elation" was how the London Daily Telegraph described his performance of Elliott Carter's piano sonata. The Cleveland Plain Dealer called his playing a "fine blend of technical brilliance with expressivity," and the Houston Post, reviewing his performance of Ravel's G major concerto, said, "The audience was spellbound."
Contributed by Erik Kibelsbeck
Photo by Perry Aslyn