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Pianists Bring Talents to the LRU Community

Tue Sep 18 2012

HICKORY, N.C. — The Concert Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University will kick off the 2012 -13 season with a free performance of the late William Duckworth’s Time Curve Preludes for Piano on Friday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hickory Museum of Art, 243 3rd Avenue NE. In conjunction with the LRU Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville and the Black Mountain College Museum, an encore of this concert will take place at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 1 Dundee Street, Asheville, Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are not required and the L-R Friends of Music invite the entire community to experience this group.

This concert present’s the award-winning Time Curve Preludes by Morganton native, William Duckworth. Featured pianists are Esther Wang, Naomi Niskala, and John Cheek. “The Well-Tempered Clavier of minimalism,” (American Record Guide) was written on a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His most widely played composition for solo piano, Duckworth’s preludes are based on the medieval sequence, Dies Irae.

Spanning over 70 hypnotic minutes playing time, the piano resonates even as it spins constantly varying rhythmic motives and synthetic scales. The Time Curve preludes reflect the coming together of Duckworth’s long-term interests in new musical forms created through rhythm, the use of modal and synthetic scales, and the defining of musical centers of gravity with drones; drones heard as auras of sound hovering within and around each prelude.

Three pianists, from different Lutheran colleges (Gustavus Adolphus, Susquehanna, and Lenoir-Rhyne) share the stage in this first of a kind collaboration, promoting cooperation and reciprocity among Lutheran higher education performing arts faculty.

In March 2003, Lenoir-Rhyne musicians presented an evening of William Duckworth’s music. Bill and his wife Nora were the special guests for several days, sharing generously of their time and talent. With the sad news of his passing, this performance of the “Time Curve” preludes is dedicated to his memory. Bill Duckworth passed away on September 13, 2012.

This concert is made possible by the support of the LRU Friends of Music, the Hickory Museum of Art, and the Black Mountain College Museum in Asheville. For additional information on the Concert Series, please visit mus.lr.edu/concert or call 828-328-7147.

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