Midday Artists Series - Fall, 2012

September 20 - Payton MacDonald, percussion

Payton MacDonald

Payton MacDonald's 2012 faculty recital will be in two parts. First, he will perform a traditional tabla solo in the Benares style. (MacDonald has been studying tabla for 15 years as a ganda-band disciple of Pandit Sharda Sahai.) Then, he will perform John Cage's epic 27' 10.554" for multiple percussion. This work is rarely performed and MacDonald interprets it with a fresh and creative approach.

September 27 - Lisa Pike, French horn - Living La Vida Local

Lisa Pike

William Paterson University Professor Lisa Pike is organizing a concert around the idea of performing composers who are living and who live in the area. The main piece is a trio for horn, flute and piano by Eric Ewazen, a composition by Peter Schickele, David Amram’s solo horn composition “Blues and Variations for Monk”and “Sonata Forty” by New Jersey composer David Sampson for horn and piano. She will be joined by Elizabeth Rodgers, piano and Karen Demsey, flute.

October 4 - UpTown Flutes

Uptown Flutes

UpTown Flutes presents original works and arrangements composed for the entire family of flutes: piccolo, C flute, alto and bass flutes. UpTown Flutes actively commissions new works and is dedicated to bringing new music to a wider audience. The group's innovative programming features varying ensemble sizes, genres, and styles.  "UpTown Flutes...loved it. Good music and good playing from this excellent group."  -Sir James Galway   "UpTown Flutes...is one of the best groups I've heard all year...UpTown Flutes deserves major attention as they are top-notch and one of a kind." -Anthony Aibel, NYC Concert Review

October 11 - Caroline Fauchet, pianist (France).


At age 14, French pianist Caroline Fauchet received two gold medals for piano and chamber music from the Conservatoire de musique de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. She then continued her studies with Germaine Mournier at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, gave frequent concerts and performed Mozart’s Concerto in A Minor with orchestra in the salle Gaveau in Paris. During the 2012-13 concert season she will be touring the US, Mexico, Ecuador and France. Today’s concert features works by Chopin, Debussy, Franck and Ginastera. Please remain for a piano master class immediately following the concert at 2:00 PM. 

October 18 - Jazz Concert

October 25 - Evelyn Estava, violin and Itay Goren, piano

Estava and Goren

As part of a series of concerts in the Metropolitan area, violinist Evelyn Estava and pianist Itay Goren will perform two great masterworks: the D minor Sonata by Johannes Brahms, where the composer interweaves lyricism with tragic, haunting undertones and the violin and piano Sonata in G Minor by Claude Debussy, written near the end of the composer’s life.

November 1 - Jazz Concert - Hector Morales and The Afro-Peruvian Ensemble

Hector Morales

The Midday concert/workshop will follow the methodology presented in the instructional book/DVD “The Afro-Peruvian Percussion Ensemble: From the Cajon to the Drum Set”. It will be presented by the book’s author, Peruvian percussionist and William Paterson jazz studies program alumnus Hector Morales.  Morales will be accompanied by “The Afro-Peruvian Ensemble” band who recorded the DVD, including Peruvian Grammy awarded Oscar Stagnaro, and former “Peru Negro” musicians: Mariela Valencia, Marcos Napa, Hector Ferreira and Jahir Sala and “Maestro” Carlos Hayre protégé, Eric Kurimski. Supported in part by the NALAC Fund for the Arts, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the Ford Foundation and Southwest Airlines.