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 9:00. 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"

Tom Flowers,

"Keyboard Temperaments,"
assisted with performances by Mary Pendleton-Hoffer

Steven Smith conducts a Master Class with the 2017 Clara Wells Scholars performing

        Registration begins at 12:30 in the lobby of the School of Music

        Registration continues

Caio Pagano,

"Thoughts on Rubato from Matthay as Applied to Chopin and other composers"

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

Stephen Siek,

"The Raison d'être behind a New Piano Dictionary—The Author Examines his Dictionary for the Modern Pianist"


2:00 Welcoming and brief remarks by Mary Pendleton-Hoffer, President of the AMAP, followed by an opening mini-recital performed by members of the American Association, Terry McRoberts, Jennifer Shoup, and Stephen Siek.

The program will include works of Bach, Scarlatti, Liszt, Griffes, and Messiaen.

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

(Session begins at 3:15 and concludes at 4:30)

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: 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

7:30 Note: Several days ago, this evening's
originally scheduled recitalist, Walter Cosand,
suffered a debilitating injury which, though not
life-threatening, has prevented him from playing this evening.
In his place, we are pleased to offer a full-length program
by the Winners of the 2017 Clara Wells Fellowships, Daniel Mangiaracino and Nicholas Susi.

NB: These works may be arranged slightly differently on the program, and there will be an intermission.

Daniel Mangiaracino:

Beethoven: Sonata in C, op. 53 "Waldstein" (1st mvmt)
Scriabin: Etude in c-sharp minor, op. 42, no. 5
Liszt: Valse de l’opéra de Charles Gounod

Nicholas Susi:

Scarlatti: Sonata in C, Kirk. 159
Rossini/Liszt: La regata veneziana (Notturno)
Rossini/Ginzburg: Figaro’s Cavatina from The Barber of Seville
Schubert: Sonata in B-flat, D. 960

Anderson & Roe

Bach/Kurtág: Sonatina from Gottes Zeit is die allerbeste Zeit
Bach, transc. Anderson & Roe: “Erbarme Dich” from the Saint Matthew Passion
Thomas Adès: Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56b
Freddie Mercury, arr. Anderson & Roe: "Bohemian Rhapsody"
from A Night at the Opera
Grieg, arr. Anderson & Roe: "The Mother's Grief"
Brahms, arr. Anderson & Roe: "Good Evening, Good Night"
Schubert, arr. Anderson & Roe: "Ave Maria"
Lennon & McCartney, arr. Anderson & Roe: "Let It Be"

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 5:30


Dinner at 6:30 at

The Graduate Hotel Banquet Room

Event locations in the School of Music are indicated in boldface

RH = Recital Hall
KCH = Katzin Concert Hall

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Last Updated on 6/6/2017
By Stephen Siek