Sunday, January 10, 2016
      2:30 pm     

   

Clipper Erickson, piano

Those of you who heard pianist Clipper Erickson at our bonus post-season concert this past June, as well as those who have heard him as soloist with the Bay Atlantic Symphony, will be thrilled to learn that after his MRM appearance he said he enjoyed the audience so much that he wanted a chance to return during the regular season. So of course we immediately invited him, and this time he'll play a recital of both unusual and standard repertoire.     

On Sunday, January 10, is our 41st concert: the brilliant pianist Clipper Erickson. He
presented a wonderful lecture/recital on the music of Nathaniel Dett as an end-of-season bonus for MRM last June. It was so well received by our audience that both they and Erickson agreed that he should return for a regular season concert this season.

Clipper Erickson made his debut as a soloist with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra at age nineteen in Los Angeles. After studies at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and Indiana University with the renowned British pianist John Ogdon, his interpretations began earning prizes at international competitions including the Busoni, William Kapell, and the American Pianists Association. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in some of the most famous concert venues in the world, including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He has twice played concerti with the Bay Atlantic Symphony.

In addition to his powerful renditions of the great classical repertoire, Clipper’s interpretations of American music from past and present have launched a series of CD releases that have received considerable critical acclaim and have often been featured on radio stations throughout the United States. He recently completed his dissertation for Temple University on the piano music of African-American composer Nathaniel Dett, while working with Alexander Fiorillo, a pupil of Vladimir
Horowitz.

Erickson is active in premiering new piano works written for him, most recently Una Carta de Buenos Aires by Richard Brodhead, which he first performed at the University of Birmingham, UK. In 2013, the NEOS label of Munich, Germany, released Antarctic Convergence, featuring Erickson’s solo piano performances of music by Laurie Altman.

Through his work as a roster member of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and earlier in the Xerox Pianist Program of Affiliate Artists, he has performed for all types of community groups, always engaging audiences with illuminating commentary on his program selections. An important part of his mission is encouraging the love of music through commitment to education, performances in schools, master classes, and the inspiration of future generations of musicians. He currently teaches at
Westminster Conservatory in Princeton and Temple University in Philadelphia.

His January 10 MRM recital, which takes place at 2:30 pm near Mauricetown, NJ, will include music by Dett, the inventive Princeton composer Laurie Altman, Chopin, and willAs usual, all concerts are on Sundays at 2:30 pm at our house. And, of course, the hat will be passed at the conclusion of each recital, all proceeds going to the artists.

Please sign up before concert day. We need to know how many chairs to set up, as well plan for the famous intermission goodies. And our agreement with Commercial Township does not allow walk-ups on concert day.

 

 

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