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What is a Song, Anyway?

June 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Dynamics Series - SummerFest 2019

Speakers: Pianist Steven Beck and composer Bruce Adolphe

Artist: Nina Berman, soprano; Steven Beck, piano.

Program: Pianist Steven Beck and composer Bruce Adolphe discuss the music and personality of the late American master of the avant garde and one of Adolphe’s teachers, Milton Babbitt, before a concert featuring his unique vocal music.

The pianist Steven Beck has become (a regular performer on the New York scene) over the last decade and has been heard there in an enormous range of repertory, including a complete Beethoven sonata cycle; plenty of Bach, Brahms and Debussy; and a goodly amount of chamber music, both familiar and unusual. But he has become best known as an eloquent and persuasive performer of contemporary works.

Harmonically and rhythmically, it was an uncompromising sequence ……Mr. Beck brought to this music was the technique and interpretive acuity to show both the connections and the distinctions among the four composers and, more crucial, to make these difficult pieces accessible without rounding off their brash edges. (The New York Times)

  • Semi-simple variations – Milton Babbitt (1916-2011)
  • Widow’s Lament – Milton Babbitt (1916-2011)
  • Dirge in Woods – Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
  • Piano blues no. 3: muted and sensuous – Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
  • Du – Milton Babbitt
  • Songs Op. 107  – Johannes Brahms
  • Phonemena with piano – Milton Babbitt
  • A Flower, Wonderful Widow – John Cage (1912-1992)
  • of Eighteen Springs, Nowth upon Nacht – John Cage (1912-1992)
  • Phonemena with recorded synthesizer  – Milton Babbitt
  • Pantun – Milton Babbitt
  • Overtime – Milton Babbitt

This evening includes a gourmet wine reception.

Listen to Nina and Steven perform below (specific works not performed during this event.)


June 24
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Carnegie Center for Creativity
200 Mathews Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 US
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