Music professor Dennis Parker to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City!
Dennis Parker, professor of cello, will present a recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 9, 2014.
Accompanied by Lina Morita on piano he will perform the works of Walter Burle Marx, a pioneering Brazilian composer.
George Rochberg’s Ricordanza, Claude Debussy’s Violin Sonata, (transcribed by Dennis Parker), Scott Eggert’s Uccello for solo cello, Ivan Sokolov’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, and Walter Burle Marx’ Sambatango for cello and piano.
As the fortunate recipient of the library of original works by Brazilian composer Walter Burle Marx (1902-1990), Parker is researching the works of Marx as part of his ATLAS ( Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars by the Louisiana Board of Regents.
A pioneer in his generation, Burle Marx had an international career as a pianist, conductor and composer. In addition to researching this composer’s life and work at the Burle Marx foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Parker has just recorded with the LSU Symphony Orchestra Burle Marx’ s Cello Concerto, Casanova Variations, for three celli and with Pedro Huff (DMA 2013)from Brazil and Alvaro Angulo,MM, 2013 Sambatango for cello and piano, with Lina Morita. In 2007 Parker gave the world premiere of the Cello Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra in Brasilia, Brazil. In 2008 he gave the U.S. premiere of the same work with the LSU Symphony Orchestra in Baton Rouge. Thanks to the ATLAS grant, Parker will perform the first professional recordings of these three works for cello with the LSU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Carlos Riazuelo.
As another part of the ATLAS Grant Parker has expanded the repertoire for cello by transcribing works by Mozart not originally written for his instrument: the “Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, and the “Sinfonia Concertante in E flat for violin and viola, now cello. These works were recorded at LSU with a student orchestra, and the recording from this eventvwill be available in one month on CD. The transcribed editions of these works were also created, edited and are currently being published in Nucello Editions.
The grant also sponsors the upcoming performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, May 9 at 8 p.m. and will also fund performances in Russia and Brazil. Since January 1, 2013, Parker’s performance schedule has taken him to Istanbul, Turkey where he gave the European and Asian primeires of the Burle Marx Concerto with the Istanbul State Orchestra (performing on both the Asian and European sides of the Bosforos dividing Istanbul).
Next, Parker performed and taught at FEMUSC, Festival of Music Sta. Catarina, in Brazil. Three recitals with Lina Morita in Colorado followed and Parker recently returned from Medellin, Colombia, where he gave the South American premiere of Mozart’s Violin Concerto in his transcription, with an orchestra, and conducted the 40th Symphony.
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The Carnegie Hall concert has one other Louisiana connection: Pianist Morita, a native of São Paulo, Brazil, is an assistant professor of piano at McNeese State University in Lake Charles. Read her biography at http://www.mcneese.edu/performingarts/faculty_and_staff