A Tricentennial Salute: Piano Music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Friends

  • 12 Jun 2018
  • 6:00 PM
  • Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans

A Tricentennial Salute: Piano Music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Friends with American pianist Peter Collins

presented by 

MASNO and The Historic New Orleans Collection

Tickets purchases will be handled through the Historic New Orleans Collection, and will go on sale May 23. 


A Tricentennial Salute is a program of piano music by four nineteenth-century New Orleans-born composers. After relocating to Paris in 1841, Louis Moreau Gottschalk captivated Europe with Creole folk melody and Caribbean rhythm. Not only a representative of New Orleans he is considered the first American composer and pianist to achieve international acclaim dazzling audiences throughout Europe, the United States and South America. The other composers on the program - Basil Bares, Emily Richard, and Edouard Déjan - remained in New Orleans and enjoyed substantial careers in the city's well established musical community. Their music capably reflects current trends in European and American salon styles. In keeping with the character of New Orleans their compositions are often cast in forms that evoke dance and procession, particularly the waltz and march. 


PROGRAM

Bamboula, Op.2                                                                                                           Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Ballade No.8, Op.90

Souvenir de Porto Rico, Op.31

Le Mancenillier, Op.11

INTERMISSION

La Créole, Op. 10                                                                                                                                 Basile Barés

Exhibition Waltz, Op.11

Le Réveil des roses, Op.81                                                                                                                 Emil Richard

Renouveau                                                                                                                                       Edouard Déjan

Un Rêve     

Le Carnaval de Venise, Op.89                                                                                     Louis Moreau Gottschalk


ABOUT THE ARTIST 

New Orleans-based pianist Peter Collins holds the distinction of Professor Emeritus from Missouri State University where he taught and served as coordinator of the keyboard area for twenty-five years. He began his formal piano studies in New Orleans with Melvin Alford and received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory under the instruction of Lillian Freundlich.  After winning awards in several piano competitions (the Washington International Piano Competition, the University of Maryland International Piano Competition, the American Chopin Competition, the American Beethoven Foundation) he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Michigan as a student of Louis Nagel.  He has served on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and the Bösendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna.  

Peter Collins has performed  a wide variety of repertoire ranging from the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and Mozart to recently composed works.  At Missouri State University, he originated the Missouri Chamber Players and toured Scandinavia three times with members of the ensemble in concerts of music by American composers.  His important European appearances also include solo performances at the Chopin Academy of Music (Warsaw) and the Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest).  As a concerto soloist he has collaborated with the Polish State Orchestra (Jelenia Góra), the Florida State Orchestra, the New Orleans Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks.  Peter Collins has completed nine compact-disc recording projects (for the Albany, MSR and Centaur labels) featuring works of living American composers, music by women composers, original arrangements and transcriptions and piano music of nineteenth-century New Orleans. He has performed regularly in the city since 1980 and has been heard in many of the area's universities and recital venues as well as on New Orleans public radio and television.



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