Piainist Roy Howat will perform as part of BYUH's French music" series.
Recitals highlight French music seminar at BYUH
It can be a long drive to Brigham Young University-Hawaii, but imagine how much longer it would take to drive to France! BYUH is playing host to an international musical soiree called "French Music: Performance and Analysis," through Saturday, and the high point, nestled between the learned seminars, will be evening recitals featuring French composers.
Each occurs at 7:30 p.m. in McKay Auditorium. Admission is $20 per event.
Thursday: Pianist Scott McCarrey, associate music professor at BYUH, performs works by Schmitt, Poulenc and Ravel and, as a bonus, premieres new works by Wendy Hiscocks of Australia. McCarrey, who earned in degree in performance at York University in Great Britain, has stroked the ivories in both Paris -- France! -- and Salt Lake City.
Friday: Pianists Roy Howat and Wendy Hiscocks team up for a two-piano recital that includes Debussy's "En blanc et noir," Chabrier's "Trois Valses romantiques" and Poulenc's "Élégie," and then Howat solos on Fauré, Debussy and Ravel. Hailing from Scotland, Howat dived headlong into Ravel's works while studying in Paris.
Saturday: Pianist Peter Hill, Sheffield University, Great Britain, performs piano music by Messiaen, a composer with whom Hill has had a long recording association.
That's just the evening performances. The public also is invited to daily lectures, seminars, paper presentations and impromptu recitals by a bevy of internationally known French music scholars, too many to list here, but rest assured, Laie has gone French for the duration.
French music didn't begin with Edith Piaf and end with Johnny Hallyday.
For details and schedules: academics.byuh.edu/finearts.
Call Lisa Singh, 675-3892.