Leandro to perform in concert

March 27, 2005

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Eduardo Leandro, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Music and Dance, will perform in concert on Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall. The concert will be unusual in both the sounds it produces and the instruments and performing techniques it uses.

Four of the works on the program were written by John Cage (1912-1992), who is known for the exploration of new sounds. Leandro has taken a cutting edge work for piano or harp by Cage, “In a Landscape,” and pushed it further by arranging it for marimba and vibraphone.

Leandro, who will also play three of the 15 “Sonatas & Interludes for Prepared Piano” by Cage, has undertaken the project of transcribing all 15 pieces for quarter tone marimba and vibes. While Cage directs the pianist to attach various items to the strings of the instrument to achieve changes in timbre, pitch and color, Leandro adds items to his instruments, supplemented with found objects such as tin cans and wood blocks. The result is surprisingly soft, lyrical and fluid. In Henry Cowell’s (1897-1965) “Aeolian Harp,” Leandro will play on the strings of the piano, not the keys, and utilize its pedals to achieve a melodic, intimate setting.

Leandro has performed with some of the most prestigious individuals and ensembles in the world, including Pierre Boulez, Heinz Holliger, Steve Reich, David Robertson, the Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam), Ensemble Camp d''Action (Belgium) and Ensemble Contrechamps (Switzerland). He appears regularly with the American Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Players and Bang on a Can All-Stars. He taught at Dartmouth College before coming to the university in 1999.

Admission is $10 general public and $5 for students, senior citizens and children under 18. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office (545-2511) or at the door of Bezanson Recital Hall.