Morningside College's Piano Recital Series continues this Saturday. Dr. James March, the series programmer, often comes in to tell us about the upcoming recitals, and we are always glad to have him. This time Dr. March is bringing in pianist Andrew Russo, bringing him in, in fact, for a second time.
His life outside of music has gained him some notoriety - he has been a politician, and he is an investor in "emerging disruptive technologies." But it is his life as a pianist that we, thankfully, get to focus upon. His playing first gained widespread attention at the 2001 Van Cliburn Competition, where he performed George Crumb's A Little Suite for Christmas, AD 1979, making him the first competitor to use alternative piano techniques that brought him inside the piano. He has continued to push into the piano repertoire new music, including works composed by Jacob TV and John Corigliano.
Russo's program for his Morningside recital will take the audience back to a time before the piano. He will open with three D. Scarlatti sonatas: K 380, K 87, and K 135. Here we will point you to the audio above where Dr. March does a much better job of discussing the music than we ever could.
See you at Eppley.