Matthay Festival 2017

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

June 14-17, 2017

9:00 Optional tour of the Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix

Attendees will meet in front of the Graduate Hotel at 9:30. Lunch will be taken at MIM, and attendees will be returned to the hotel by 1:30.

Janice Larson Razaq, Lecture/Demonstration:

"Matthay's Thoughts on Healthy Practice and Performance Habits"

Friday's sessions are devoted to

"Understanding Pianos in the Past, Present, and Future—their Construction, their Maintenance, and their Marketing"

Rick Florence

"The Evolution of the Piano and its Influence on Piano Playing"

Lecture/Demonstration assisted by commentary and performances
Jane Luther Smith,

"Piano Music with a Feminine Touch: Celebrating Women Composers in History"

Composers to be discussed include Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Cécile Chaminade, Amy Beach, Margaret Ruthven Lang, and two students of Matthay: Dorothy Howell and Denise Lassimonne

           MIM tour continues

Jennifer Shoup,

"Water Music: Cascading Color"

Composers featured include Liszt, Griffes, and Ravel

Tom Flowers,

"Keyboard Temperaments,"
assisted with performances by Mary Pendleton-Hoffer
Master Class with Steven Smith and the 2017 Clara Wells Scholars

        Registration begins at 12:30

        Registration continues

Caio Pagano,

"A Survey on Rubato, from Türk and Mozart, to Matthay"

Michael Spreeman and Dan Franklin Smith,

"Designing and Building a New Piano: the Ravenscroft"

Michael Spreeman will discuss the piano he has designed and Dan Franklin Smith will offer the following selections on the Ravenscroft Model 275:

Mozart: Rondo in F, K. 494
Heller: Etude
Moszkowki: Etude
Busoni: Two Elegies, Meine Seele bangt und hofft zu Dir and Turandots Frauengemach

Nancy Elton, soprano
Dan Franklin Smith, piano

The American Premiere of Three Songs by Tobias Matthay:

"There's nae Lark" (1893, Swinburne)
"Bright be the Peace of thy Soul!" (Byron)
"The Rose Message" (1896, Nunn)

with commentary by Stephen Siek

2:00 Welcoming and brief remarks by Mary Pendleton-Hoffer, President of the AMAP, followed by an opening recital performed by the 2017 Clara Wells Scholars

Caio Pagano, continued

Michael Spreeman and Dan Franklin Smith continued

[Session to begin at 2:30]

Terry McRoberts,

"Savor the Silence"

Repertoire to be considered will include the Sibelius Romance, op. 24, no. 9, the Mozart Fantasy in D Minor, Uninterrupted Rests by Takemitsu, and 4’33”
3:00 Anderson & Roe: "A Cliburn Conversation: Behind-the-Scenes Reflections on the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition"

Comments and commentary from Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Roe, Webcast Hosts for the 2017 Cliburn Competition
Elizabeth Lauer,

"Music and Words: Debussy and Satie""

[Session to begin at 3:15]

Special Panel Discussion: “On Building, Maintaining, and Designing Pianos in the Modern World”

Jim Coleman, Rick Florence, Donald Hageman, Lloyd Meyer, and Michael Spreeman, and Stephen Siek, Moderator

Terry McRoberts continued

4:00 Officers and Directors Meeting of the AMAP (at 4:45)

Annual Meeting of the AMAP (at 4:30) in the fifth floor recital hall

Piano panel discussion continues

Lisa Caliri

Mozart: Rondo in D, K. 485
Barber: Sonata, Op. 26
Richard Becker: Two Poems from Four Dickinson Poems for Piano Solo (2011)
Chopin: Étude in C Minor, op. 10, no. 12
Chopin: Étude in E, op. 10, no. 3
Chopin: Étude in A-Flat, op. 25, No. 1
Chopin: Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, op. 39

8:00 Walter Cosand

Mozart: Sonata in Bb, K. 281
Albéniz: Eritaña from Iberia
Rodney Rogers: a box full of stars (2004)
Walter Saul: Three Preludes and Fugues from Alpha to Omega, “In memoriam Sept. 11, A.D. 2001"
Chopin: Four Ballades
Anderson & Roe

[Partial program]

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56b
Lennon & McCartney, arr. Anderson & Roe: "Let It Be"
Schoenfield: “Boogie” from Five Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive
Steven Smith

Mozart: Adagio in B minor, K. 540
Schumann: Sonata in G minor, op. 22
Chopin: Nocturne in A-flat, op. 32, no. 2
Chopin: Étude in C minor, op. 10, no. 12
Chopin: Étude in F minor, op. 10, No. 8
Chopin: Nocturne in E-flat, op. 55, no. 2
Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie, op. 61


Cash bar reception at 6:00


Dinner at 6:30 at

The Graduate Hotel Banquet Room

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Last Updated on 2/7/2017
By Stephen Siek