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Nadia Shpachenko: The Poetry of Places, 9 Premieres

Center for New Music

Center for New Music Nadia Shpachenko: The Poetry of Places, 9 Premieres

CD Release Concert for multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko’s new Reference Recordings album “The Poetry of Places”. This program will include 5 San Francisco premieres of architecture-inspired works by Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, and Jack Van Zandt from Shpachenko’s new CD, as well as 2 World Premieres and 2 West Coast premieres of works by Paul Chihara, Thea Musgrave, José Serebrier, and Lewis Spratlan.

About Nadia Shpachenko:
Multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. Nadia’s concert highlights include recitals at Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, on the Piano Spheres and Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella and Chamber Music Series, and with numerous orchestras in Europe and the Americas. An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, Nadia premiered more than 60 works by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Daniel Felsenfeld, Tom Flaherty, Annie Gosfield, Vera Ivanova, Leon Kirchner, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Missy Mazzoli, Harold Meltzer, Adam Schoenberg, Lewis Spratlan, Gernot Wolfgang, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, Jack Van Zandt, and others. Described as “an exceptional recording of newly composed piano works” (Textura Magazine), Nadia’s Reference Recordings CD “Woman at the New Piano” was nominated for 58th GRAMMY® Awards in 3 categories. Described as “a most invigorating and distinctive release” (Fanfare Magazine), Nadia’s 2018 Reference Recordings release “Quotations and Homages” features premieres of solo and collaborative works for 6 pianists (performed with Ray-Kallay Duo, HOCKET and Genevieve Feiwen Lee) inspired by a variety of earlier composers and pieces. Described as “an impressive collection of new works by outstanding contemporary composers, performed by first-rate musicians” (Sequenza21), Nadia’s new 2019 Reference Recordings album “The Poetry of Places” features premieres of solo and collaborative works (performed with LA Phil pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and LAPQ percussionists Nick Terry and Cory Hills) inspired by diverse buildings. She is a Steinway Artist and professor of music at Cal Poly Pomona University and Claremont Graduate University.

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Program

Harold Meltzer

In Full Sail, for solo piano, San Francisco premiere

Jack Van Zandt

Sí an Bhrú, for piano and electronics, San Francisco premiere

Hannah Lash

Give Me Your Songs, for solo piano, San Francisco premiere

Lewis Spratlan

6 RAGS, for solo piano, world premiere

Paul Chihara

3 Reveries after Beethoven, for solo piano, world Premiere

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