Pianist Steven Mayer to perform at RIC Feb. 14

Steven Mayer
In a RIC Performing Arts Series presentation, pianist Steven Mayer will perform works from the European classical repertoire alongside American compositions on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2:30 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

“European and American piano music share a virtuoso element. They take advantage of all elements of the keyboard,” said Mayer who is noted for his extensive classical repertoire as well as his performances with many world-class orchestras and his interest in American compositions and jazz.

His varied program reflect his interests – the first half of the show features the romantic masterpieces Beethoven’s Sonata in B Flat major, Op. 22 and Schumann’s Carnival Op. 9.

The second half features American compositions and contemporary piano pieces including Gottschalk’s "Bamboula", Charles Ives’s "The Alcotts" from Sonata No. 2, Scott Joplin’s "Pine Apple Rag" and several pieces by Art Tatum, who is widely considered one of the best jazz pianists of all-time.

John Rockwell of the New York Times wrote, “Composition or improvisation, classical or jazz, white or black – all categories crumble in the face of [Mayer’s] accomplishment.”

Mayer was the winner of the 1992 Grand Prix du Disque Liszt, for his world premiere recording of Liszt’s Concerto Opus Posthumous and De Profundis, which he performed with the London Symphony Orchestra.

He is also noted for his prize-winning performance of Leon Kirchner’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Dennis Russell Davies and the American Composer’s Orchestra at The Third Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition.

Mayer is currently professor of piano at the International Keyboard Institute and an associate professor of music at the University of Denver. He has also served as a visiting lecturer in piano at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Tickets for Steven Mayer are $35. Discounts are available for seniors, children and RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni. Purchase tickets in advance with Visa or MasterCard by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; online at www.ric.edu/pfa; or at the box office in the lobby of the appropriate performance venue, which will open for sales two hours before the performance starts.