Pianist Evelyne Brancart tends to lose herself in music — when playing one of the hundred-or-so pieces she knows by
AMANDA MAINGUY | File Photo Music School Festival Orchestra students rehearse for a perfomance last summer. The 2015 MSFO’s first
At 1 p.m. today in Fletcher Music Hall, finalists Evelyn Lam, Vincent Ip, David Brickle, Benjamin Goodman, Laura Spector and Felisien Ng will take to the stage for half an hour each to play a repertoire of their choice.
At 10:30 a.m. today in the Sherwood-Marsh Studios, students of the Piano Program will play against one another in the piano competition preliminaries.
John Milbauer and Nicola “Nikki” Melville’s careers have taken them around the globe. Their work placed them in front of classrooms, in recording studios, and to places they said they never could have imagined.
From student colleagues to newly appointed Piano Program co-chairs, John Milbauer and Nikki Melville’s Chautauqua experience has been in tandem.
“It helps that we all went to school together,” said piano maestro John Milbauer.
“I didn’t go to school with you,” said piano chair Rebecca Penneys. “I was your teacher.”
Penneys joins her prized pupils Milbauer, Nicola Melville, and Omri Shimron in the annual “2 Pianos, 8 Hands Extravaganza” on full display at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.
At 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, 10-year Chautauqua instructor and pianist John Milbauer will sound off on contending schools of classical music.
Milbauer, a 2011 Steinway Artist, will play pieces that premiered exactly 100 years ago to pay homage to composer Arnold Schoenberg. The anniversary marks the birth year of composer John Cage, Schoenberg’s prized pupil.
“It’s hard to imagine Cage and Schoenberg in the same classroom,” Milbauer, who studied at Juilliard and the Franz Liszt Academy in Hungary, said about Schoenberg, who taught Cage at UCLA.
The students in the Chautauqua School of Music’s Piano Program have shown an enormous amount of progress in the past five weeks. With the approach of the first round of the annual Piano Competition this Saturday, which is sure to turn up the burners under those piano benches, students are in need of a little laughter.
When pianist John Milbauer first came to the School of Music in 1989, he was on the verge of giving up music forever.
Playing the piano was a physical struggle. He was frustrated with the technical aspect of the piano, and he just didn’t have the right teacher — until Chautauqua changed all that.