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Blair McMillen. Photo:  www.blairmcmillen.com
Blair McMillen. Photo: www.blairmcmillen.com

Listen: Pianist Blair McMillen performs live at St. Lawrence University

Pianist Blair McMillen shares some of his favorite music in a solo recital tonight at 8 pm at St. Lawrence University. Hailed as one of piano's "brilliant stars" by The New York Times, McMillen performed live this morning during The Eight O'clock Hour from the Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall at SLU.

McMillen, who lives and teaches in New York City, loves a wide variety of music, from Baroque to Blues. During the live broadcast this morning, he shared a new piece, "Toyed Together," written for him by composer David Rakowski, for piano and toy piano.  Go to full article
Matt Bullwinkel
Matt Bullwinkel

Creating music his way: Matt Bullwinkel's original, soulful sound

For years, Potsdam musician Matt Bullwinkel played accordion and piano in dance bands around region. Now, he's opened a new chapter in his musical career and is having a lot of fun creating original tunes for piano and voice. Matt joined Todd Moe in the studio this morning during The 8 o'clock Hour to share his latest compositions.  Go to full article
Angela Hewitt
Angela Hewitt

Preview: Angela Hewitt in Gananoque

Internationally renowned Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt gives a recital of music by Brahms, Beethoven and Couperin on Monday night along the St. Lawrence River. It's the first in a series of Monday evening recitals at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario. The Studio "S" Series is hosted by CBC Radio personality Eric Friesen and will include virtuoso performers from around the world this summer.

Todd Moe has more on Angela Hewitt's recital.  Go to full article
Nicola Melville
Nicola Melville

Preview: Piano by Nature in Elizabethtown

Award-winning New Zealand pianist Nicola Melville will give two concerts in Elizabethtown this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, she'll perform piano rags of William Albright at the Hand House as part of the Piano by Nature music series. Melville has performed around the world and teaches at Carleton College in Minnesota. She's also a faculty member at the Chautauqua Summer Music Festival. Todd Moe has this preview.  Go to full article
Ted Dykstra & Richard Greenblatt, the writers and stars of 2 Pianos 4 Hands. Photo courtesy of Canada's National Arts Centre.
Ted Dykstra & Richard Greenblatt, the writers and stars of 2 Pianos 4 Hands. Photo courtesy of Canada's National Arts Centre.

Review: "2 Pianos, 4 Hands" in Ottawa

The Canadian play, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, has played on five continents and in more than 150 cities since it first opened 15 years ago. Its success worldwide is due to its universal themes of dreams and discipline.

The set consists of two grand pianos, and the cast is just two actors. It's a simple show, ostensibly about piano lessons, that's moving, profound and lots of fun. It was written and first performed by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, both brilliant actors and pianists. They're back on stage at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa this month for the farewell tour.

2 Pianos, 4 Hands continues through Saturday, January 28th at the National Arts Centre's English Theatre. NCPR's resident theater critic Connie Meng and Todd Moe share a review of the show.  Go to full article
Paul Wyse (left) with portrait and subject at the Steinway Hall unveiling in NYC. Photo: SUNY Potsdam
Paul Wyse (left) with portrait and subject at the Steinway Hall unveiling in NYC. Photo: SUNY Potsdam

A passion for piano and portraits

Crane School of Music professor of piano Paul Wyse has mastered two art forms. He's a classically trained concert pianist and also paints portraits. Earlier this month, he unveiled a full-length portrait of "piano man" Billy Joel in New York City. The artist joined the bestselling musician to unveil the painting at Steinway Hall. Paul Wyse was commissioned by Steinway and Sons to paint Joel's portrait. Two of Wyse's portraits of award-winning pianist and conductor Leon Fleischer are part of the Smithsonian's permanent collection in Washington D.C.

Wyse has performed at the piano on the concert stage around the world and his oil portraits hang in public and private collections and appear in national publications.

So, how does a classically trained concert pianist become an award winning visual artist? "It's hard to explain," says Wyse. But he adds that it's not uncommon for musicians who study the structure of a symphony to use those same skills in the visual arts.

During a visit to his portrait studio in his home near Prescott, Ontario, he told Todd Moe that the mystery of transforming cloth and pigment into something that is looking back at you is powerful, alluring, and part of the compulsion to paint.  Go to full article
This portrait of pianist Leon Fleisher has become part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.
This portrait of pianist Leon Fleisher has become part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

A passion for the piano and painting

Crane School of Music professor of piano Paul Wyse has mastered two art forms. He's a classically trained concert pianist and also paints portraits. Two of Wyse's recent portraits of pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher have become part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian.

He's performed at the piano on the concert stage around the world, and his oil portraits hang in public and private collections and appear in national publications.

So, how does a classically trained concert pianist become an award winning visual artist? "It's hard to explain," says Wyse. But he adds that it's not uncommon for musicians who study the structure of a symphony to use those same skills in the visual arts.

During a visit to his portrait studio in his home near Prescott, Ontario, he told Todd Moe that the mystery of transforming cloth and pigment into something that is looking back at you is powerful, alluring, and part of the compulsion to paint.  Go to full article
Francesco Attesti
Francesco Attesti

Preview: Italian pianist Francesco Attesti in Clayton

Italian pianist Francesco Attesti gives a benefit concert Wednesday night (7 pm) at the Clayton Opera House. The concert, sponsored by local Rotary clubs, will feature selections from Chopin, Liszt and Verdi. The recital will benefit ShelterBox, a worldwide disaster relief organization. Todd Moe spoke with Rotary volunteer Tom Deuson, of Henderson, who helped organize the concert. Deuson says ShelterBox was founded by Rotarians.  Go to full article
Pianist Larry Ham. Photo: larryham.com
Pianist Larry Ham. Photo: larryham.com

Jazz piano "ambassador" Larry Ham returns to the North Country

A world-renowned jazz pianist with a strong North Country connection returns this weekend to give workshops in Keene, Canton and Potsdam as well as three live performances. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article
Emmanuel Ax
Emmanuel Ax

Preview: Emanuel Ax in Potsdam

One of the greatest pianists of the 21st century will give a recital of music by Schubert at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music on Saturday night. Emanuel Ax is an internationally acclaimed seven-time Grammy Award-winning pianist known for his poetic temperament and unsurpassed virtuosity. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article

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