This year's Robert Jordan Piano Festival theme is solo and collaborative piano music written by underrepresented composers, including women, African Americans, LGTBQ, etc. The Fredonia Piano Area has embarked upon on a journey this semester to explore the vast and inspiring body of work written by these composers to find ways to make it more known amongst pianists and audiences alike.
This exploration has led to the creation of the Heid Fund, a fund dedicated to the purchasing of scores and promoting performances of music by minority composers, and the creation of a special collection in the Fredonia library of these works. We have also been compiling our own database of these works to help students explore this repertoire. 2020 has shown us that there is still much to be done in terms of creating balance and equality in the canon of classical music. We invite you to join us as we work to create positive change in this way.
This first event features special guest, William Chapman Nyaho, an African American pianist and scholar, in a community Zoom session exploring this repertoire with short presentations by SUNY Fredonia students and faculty, and a live performance of works by underrepresented composers.
Event is free, but registration is required
Monday, April 12 at 7:00pmVirtual Event