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Percy Grainger Piano Mini-Festival

Event Type: Adult - Music and Dance
Age Group(s): Adults, Families
Date: 5/2/2018
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
Description:
 World-famous Australian-born composer and pianist Percy Grainger (1882-1961) lived in White Plains for the last 40 years of his life. His home at 7 Cromwell Place is a landmark recognized by both the White Plains Historic Preservation Commission and the National Register of Historic Places. For this special library event rare 1943 and 1957 archival film footage (not available on the internet) of Percy Grainger playing the piano will be shown, and rare audio recordings of his speaking will also be played. There will be live performances of Graingerís music by violist Vincent Lionti and pianists Juliana Han and Yoni Levyatov. The program will include such
works as Graingerís Sussex Mummersí Christmas Carol, Handel in the Strand, Youthful Rapture, and Shepherdís Hey, as well as Graingerís piano arrangements of works by Gabriel Faurť and John Dowland. Remarks about Percy Grainger and the music will be delivered by Mark N. Grant, noted composer and author and Vice-President of the International Percy Grainger Society, and Mr. Lionti, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra violist, musical director of the Downtown Sinfonietta
at Grace Church, and Grainger Board member. Coffee and tea will be served.

Location: Auditorium
Contact: Ben Himmelfarb
Presenter: B. Himmelfarb