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"Mr. Rzewski, who at 78 is flinty and opinionated yet warm, is one of many great American composers whom a vast majority of America has never heard, or even heard of. But of that group, he may be the one with the most to say to us now." — Zachary Woolfe,The New York Times, May 2016. Read the full article here.

Frederic Rzewski has entitled this program Music of Resistance (piano pieces based on great revolutionary songs of the 20th century). See the tentative concert program at www.tigertail.org.

 

Brahms Requiem, NPC Concert Choir, Orchestra with Elizabeth Fisher, soprano and Neil Nelson, baritone

Greig Piano Concerto, featuring Enrique Graf, pianist

Enrique Graf, pianist

 was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and is now an American citizen. He started studying piano at the age of four with his mother. After winning all of the national competitions in Uruguay, he came to the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University to study with Leon Fleisher on a full scholarship from the Organization of American States and Peabody.

In 1977 he won First Prize in the National Ensemble Piano Competition, the following year Mr. Graf was the First Prize winner in the William Kapell International Piano Competition and in 1981 he won the East and West International Competition in New York City.

Graf has given recitals all over the world and has been featured as soloist with such orchestras as the Baltimore, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Florida, West Virginia, Illinois, Flagstaff, Augusta, Greenville, Charleston, New York City and Jupiter Symphonies, the Symphony of the Americas, the National Chamber Orchestra, the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, the American Chamber Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Sinfonia da Camara, Florida Virtuosi Orchestra, the Puerto Rico Symphony, the Montevideo Philharmonic, the Lviv Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Janacek Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, and the National Orchestras of Ukraine, Chile, Uruguay, Peru and Colombia.

He has appeared at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Krannert Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, the Cultural Center of Manila, Teatro Opera in Buenos Aires, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Florida, South Bay Center for the Arts in Los Angeles, the Chautauqua Festival, Young Keyboard Artists International Festival in Ann Arbor, the San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival in Mexico, the University of Maryland International Piano Festival, Spoleto International Piano Festival in Italy, "Contrasts" Festival in Lviv, Kiev Music Fest in the Ukraine and the University of Houston International Piano Festival.

As a chamber musician he has toured with Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the Baltimore Wind Ensemble, the American Chamber Players, the Prague Wind Quintet, the Ives Quartet, violinists Andres Cardenes and Lee Chin Siow, and the Apollo String Quartet.

An all Poulenc CD with the Charleston Symphony was a pick of the month by the Sunday London Times and was awarded five stars in Classic CD. His debut recording Enrique Graf plays Bach was called "An end to the discussion of whether or not Bach should be played on the piano" by Paul Hume of the Washington Post. Other recordings of Mozart Sonatas, the Liszt Sonata, the Grieg Concerto, Edward Hart's Tidal Concerto, Gershwin's Concerto in F and two Beethoven Concertos have received such praise as "ideal performances" (Fanfare).

 

Neil Nelson, baritone

Born in Kingston, Jamaica bass baritone Neil Nelson moved to the United States with his family at the age of 2, settling in Queens, New York. It has been said by colleagues and critics alike, that Mr. Nelson possesses one of the purest and most resonant bass baritone voices of recent times. An excellent musician and linguist, Mr. Nelson graduated from The New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in music performance. Winning awards such as the Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence (Boston Lyric Opera), the Heinz Refuss Singing Actors Award (Orlando Opera), and appearing as a finalist in the New York Metropolitan Opera Auditions launched him into his professional career. 

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