Date(s) - 11/20/2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cornell University - Barnes Hall
Saturday, November 20
Guest pianist Stephen Prutsman performs a recital titled “Bach & Forth,” using J.S. Bach as a reference point and juxtaposing his own arrangements with works by other major classical composers, as well as with jazz greats such as Charlie Parker (and perhaps an Uzbek folk song). The program will offer the audience a fresh approach in hearing both the music of Bach and of the selection of composers spanning hundreds of years from all over the world.
Prutsman has been described as one of the most innovative musicians of his time. Moving easily from classical to jazz to world music styles as a pianist, composer, and conductor, Prutsman continues to explore and seek common ground and relationships in the music of all cultures and languages. He has been Artistic Partner with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Cartagena International Festival of Music, a medal winner at the Tchaikovsky and Queen Elisabeth Piano Competitions, and received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. As a composer, Stephen’s long collaboration with Grammy Award winning Kronos Quartet has resulted in over 40 arrangements and compositions for them. Other leading artists and ensembles who have performed Stephen’s compositions and arrangements include Leon Fleisher, Dawn Upshaw, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, Spoleto USA, and the Silk Road Project. As a pianist or arranger outside of the classical music world he has collaborated with such diverse personalities as Tom Waits, Rokia Traore, Joshua Redman, Jon Anderson of “YES”, Sigur Rós, and Asha Bhosle.