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Will Feature Alumna Margo Garrett
Part of “Piano Plus Weekend”
WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Music will celebrate The International Day of Collaborative Music with a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, in Watson Chamber Music Hall on the campus at 1533 South Main St. (Note new time of 2 p.m.)
The International Day of Collaborative Music has been designated by the Music Teachers National Association as “one special day (Jan. 22) devoted to collaborative music-making throughout the world.” It is part of the association’s recognition of 2011 as “The Year of Collaborative Music.”
The Jan. 23 concert program features UNCSA School of Music faculty and alumni, including special guest Margo Garrett, and graduates of the school’s collaborative piano program. Garrett, an alumna of UNCSA and one of the leaders in the field of musical collaboration, will perform with UNCSA faculty-artist Sheila Browne, viola, and UNCSA Fletcher Opera Institute alumna Jodi Burns, soprano. In addition, Canadian pianist Amélie Langlois, the first graduate (in 2001) of UNCSA’s graduate program in Collaborative Piano, will be featured with piano duet partner Catherine Donkin. The Eric Larsen-Allison Gagnon Piano Duo will open the program.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For reservations, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances.
According to Allison Gagnon, director of UNCSA’s Collaborative Piano Program, the concert is part of a larger event, “Piano Plus Weekend,” Jan. 22 & 23, that the School of Music has planned to participate in the Music Teachers National Association’s celebration of The International Year of Collaborative Music.
Garrett is the special guest artist for the “Piano Plus Weekend.” On the afternoon of Jan. 22, she will work with singer-pianist teams in a special master class, which will include an opportunity for audience members to ask her about her career.
Also on Jan. 22, “Piano Plus Weekend” will showcase current UNCSA students in recital and will offer master class sessions presented by UNCSA Music faculty artists Eric Larsen and Clifton Matthews, as well as a collaborative piano session by Gagnon.
A full schedule and registration for the “Piano Plus Weekend” is available online at: http://www.uncsa.edu/music/Workshops/Piano%20Plus%20Weekend.pdf
Pianist Margo Garrett is well known to audiences for her frequent performances in chamber, sonata, and vocal recitals. The large roster of internationally known artists with whom she has long performing relationships include singers Kathleen Battle, Barbara Bonney, Beverly Hoch, Dawn Upshaw, Benita Valente and Anthony Dean Griffey, violinists Jaime Laredo and Daniel Phillips, violist Paul Neubauer, and cellists Sharon Robinson and Matt Haimowitz.
Garrett is a dedicated leader among educators of collaborative pianists. She returned in 2000 to The Juilliard School collaborative piano faculty, which she headed from 1985 to 1992. From 1992 to 2004, she was the first holder of the Ethel Alice Hitchcock Chair in Accompanying and Coaching at the University of Minnesota's School of Music. At the Tanglewood Music Center she directed the vocal fellowship program for the last six of her 19 years of teaching there. From 1999 through 2006, Garrett was the faculty chair of the Steans Institute for Young Artist's vocal and chamber music programs at Chicago Symphony's Ravinia Festival.
Born in Raleigh, Garrett studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and did her graduate studies at Manhattan School of Music. Her piano studies included work with Irwin Freundlich and Samuel Sanders. She also studied with Pierre Bernac.
Langlois and Catherine Donkin
began their piano duet in 2004, and have been active in
various concert series in Ottawa ever since. In
September of 2008 they travelled to Norway, and were
semifinalists in the Grieg International Piano
Competition, as well as receiving a special mention for
the performance of a piece by Canadian composer Diana
McIntosh. They have also been participants in the
Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New
York, winning first prize in both 2008 and 2010. This
past May they played on a recital at Carnegie Hall as
part of the prize.