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Nov. 9 “Piano Waves” Concert To Feature Works for Four Pianos

Waves and whirls unite the pieces in a joint concert to be offered by faculty and students at Rensselaer and the College of Saint Rose. “Piano Waves” will feature works for as many as four pianos on Nov. 9, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the concert hall of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).

The program includes a mix of contemporary and classical pieces, starting with Claude Debussy’s famous composition “La Mer,” depicting oceanscapes from the French seacoast and the English Channel.

“There’s a sense in which music can evoke nature, in its calm and its fury,” said Michael Century, professor of new media and music. “From impressions of the sea we take the audience on a journey ending in the ballrooms of imperial Vienna.”

Century is serving as co-director in collaboration with Young Kim, assistant professor of piano and director of the piano program at Saint Rose. Century and Kim, both pianists, will close the program with Maurice Ravel’s “La Valse,” which Century describes as “an intense, virtuosic composition evoking the 19th-century heyday of Viennese waltz.” “La Valse” was originally written for orchestra, but will be presented for two pianos.

The program is made possible by EMPAC, which houses four grand pianos, and is sponsored by the Classical Concert Series of the Rensselaer Union, Century said.

“We decided to make it a multi-piano program because of the facilities EMPAC offers. It’s fun to do the music, but it’s icing on the cake to play at EMPAC,” said Century.

The concert is an extension of the collegiate cooperation launched with the April PolyChoral Project, in which four university choirs united to perform the “Troy Paradio,” a singing procession that wound from downtown Troy to a formal concert at the Rensselaer campus.

“I think we’re all pleased to continue the collaboration between institutions in the Capital Region,” Century said. “We’re pulling something together — and we’re making something happen — that wouldn’t ordinarily happen. It’s a lively and creative program.”

The concert is free and open to the public.

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