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Guest Artist Concert: Steven Beck, piano

Steven Beck, pianist and George Walker, composer
Steven Beck, pianist & George Walker, composer

Complete solo piano sonatas by George Walker (1922-2018).

Free event.

Guest artist Steven Beckgraduated from the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Steven Beck has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theater, Steinway Hall, Tonic, and Barbes, as well as on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series and WNYC; summer appearances have been at the Aspen Music Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Greenwich Music Festival, Woodstock Mozart Festival, and Wellesley Composers’ Conference. He is an Artist Presenter and regular performer at Bargemusic, performs frequently as a musician with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and has performed with the New York City Ballet. As an orchestral musician he has appeared as an orchestral keyboard player with with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, New York City Ballet Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra and many others.

George T. Walker (1922-2018) composed over 90 works for orchestra, chamber orchestra, piano, strings, voice, organ, clarinet, guitar, brass, woodwinds, and chorus. In 1996, he became the first black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music, for his Lilacs, which was premiered earlier that year by soprano Faye Robinson and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His works have been performed by virtually every major orchestra in the United States and by many in England and other countries. 



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