March 30 | 3 pm
STUDENTS FREE ($10 value)
There will be a ‘tiny sandwich’ picnic provided with cash bar at 2 PM followed by a concert designed to celebrate Spring which will include classical music designed to appeal to students and the general public as well as a world premiere of the three movement work; Seasons of the Porsch Garden by LAC’s Artistic Director, Ric Averill, commissioned by Kathy Porsch as part of the Lawrence Art Center’s Benefit Art Auction.
Recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpeices: Chamber Music Grant, Allégresse combines the virtuosic talents of three nationally recognized musicians with careers that have taken them throughout North America, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia both as soloists and chamber musicians.
Allégresse, the French word for joy, aptly depicts the graceful artistry of this inspiring trio. Friends and collaborators for nearly a decade, Annie Gnojek, Margaret Marco, and Ellen Bottorff formed this exciting ensemble to explore the rich and varied repertoire for flute, oboe, and piano.
April 10 | 7pm
$12 /seniors & student
“A piano recital like no other! Steven Spooner has prepared not one, but seven entirely different programs. The audience will be asked to vote, via cell phone, for the program of their choice. Options will include some of the world’s most beautiful piano music!”
Critics and audiences have unanimously hailed the distinctive and compelling performances of Naxos recording artist Steven Spooner describing him as “a pianist in the tradition that many believe died with the likes of Horowitz, Arrau, Bolet, Cziffra, and Wild. His talent, to my ears, is easily the equal of most major pianists of today” (FANFARE MAGAZINE). Passionately devoted to the solo recital, Steven has been engaged and often re-engaged at prestigious venues all over the world and this past season has daringly reinvented the solo recital format by allowing audiences to vote for one of several programs he has prepared. Steven is a star on the new XOTV show called A Life of Music.
Steven has been unusually successful in the limited number of international piano competitions in which he participated—he is prizewinner at each of the seven international piano competitions he has entered and top prizewinner at both the Hilton Head International Piano Competition and the Artlivre International Piano Competition. He captured First Prize and was recipient of the Niekamp Career Grant as most outstanding pianist in French music at the Paris Conservatory. His performances and recordings of works by Liszt have garnered particular attention worldwide.
Steven has released 15 recordings on the Naxos,TMG, EMR Classics, Everythingmusic, and IU recording labels. He studied at Paris Conservatory, Moscow and Tbilisi Conservatories in the former Soviet Union, and Indiana University, Bloomington. In 2008 he was the final recipient of the Ivory Classics Foundation prize that enabled him to study with the legendary virtuoso Earl Wild. He serves as guest artist at several international music festivals each year and is increasingly in demand for his engaging masterclasses at major music institutions. Steven currently serves on the piano faculty at the University of Kansas and is a Steinway Artist. Further info: www.stevenspooner.com.