Matt Herskowitz, "From Gottschalk to Gershwin: The Missing Link"

Piano Virtuoso

Friday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.
Kreft Center Recital Hall
Free and open to the public.

Uniquely combining the superlative technique of a classical virtuoso with his prowess in jazz, world music and free improvisation, pianist, composer and arranger Matt Herskowitz has carved out a unique and personal voice in music. Over the course of the last decade, Matt has produced a series of critically-acclaimed recordings, premiered his works in settings from New York's Central Park to Germany's Köln Philharmonie, collaborated with top classical, jazz and pop artists, and has performed at music festivals across the globe. His newest release is Matt Herskowitz Upstairs, a solo outing ranging from Gershwin to Schumann to Dave Brubeck, and includes "Bach à la Jazz," his arrangement of Bach's Prelude in C Minor which Herskowitz previously recorded for EMI's Grammy-nominated soundtrack to the film The Triplets of Belleville. His 2007 solo release, Matt Herskowitz Plays George Gershwin, featuring Matt's original solo arrangements of the Concerto in F, Cuban Overture and Rhapsody in Blue, was nominated for Quebec's prestigious Prix Opus. A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Matt has made Montreal his adopted home since 1999.

Randall Sheets/Chuck Seip Organ and Trumpet Duo

Sunday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.
Chapel of the Holy Trinity
Free and open to the public.

The Instrument of Kings meets the King of Instruments with trumpeter Chuck Seipp and organist Randall Sheets. Each musician is an accomplished soloist and seasoned performer; combined, their artistry fully resonates with the majesty and opulence of this genre. Trumpet and organ have a natural affinity for one another, which is evident in the exquisite interpretations of Dr. Seipp and Dr. Sheets. Randall Sheets is the official organist for Arlington National Cemetery and active concert organist and pianist. He performs frequently as a soloist and collaborator. Together with Shenandoah Conservatory Professor and Sergeant Major (Retired) Chuck Seipp from The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, their diverse programs offer a variety of classical, virtuoso, and lyrical, works proven to entertain and engage audiences, as well as a memorable tribute to Veterans and the Military.

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