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News - Piano Music of Robert X. Rodríguez

Thursday, September 19, 2013
The gifted pianist Jeff Lankov will perform six works by Robert X. Rodríguez in two upcoming all-Rodríguez concerts in New York and Texas.

The concerts feature the premiere of Caprichos, a virtuoso set inspired by paintings and etchings of Francisco Goya. Caprichos caps Lankov's survey of Rodríguez's keyboard literature ranging from Semi-Suite and Estampie (1980s), through Fantasia Lussuriosa, Seven Deadly Sequences, and "Hot Buttered Rumba" from Aspen Sketches (1990s) to Caprichos.

Rodríguez will join Lankov at the keyboard for his four-handed Semi-Suite which opens the performances.

The University of Texas at Dallas presents both concerts:

2pm Sunday, October 6, 2013
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
54 W. 57th St, New York, NY
 
Tickets $25, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800
$20 Students & Seniors at the Box Office Only
Box Office at 57th and Seventh
Please visit the Carnegie Hall website
8pm Friday, October 11, 2013
Jonsson Performance Hall, UT Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd., Richardson, TX
 
Tickets $15, Purchase online at
ah.utdallas.edu/tickets
UT Dallas Students and Faculty Free
Box Office: 972-883-2552

For additional information, see all-Rodríguez piano recital


Robert Xavier Rodríguez is "one of the major American composers of his generation" (Texas Monthly). His music has been described as "Romantically dramatic" (Washington Post), "richly lyrical" (Musical America) and "glowing with a physical animation and delicate balance of moods that combine seductively with his all-ecompassing sense of humor" (Los Angeles Times). "Its originality lies in the telling personality it reveals. His music always speaks, and speaks in the composer's personal language." (American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters).

Pianist Jeff Lankov has been described as "alternately ferocious and sensitive" (The New York Times), "a fearless musician" (Dallas Morning News), "a master of concert programming" (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram) and "a pianist of great passion and verve" (Portland Tribune). His solo programs regularly feature works by living composers, often in unusual juxtapositions that explore the synthesis of popular and classical forms. His multimedia programs combine music with theatrical elements, visual art and computer-generated sounds and images.

Lankov has recorded piano works Gershwin, Piazzolla, Finnissy, and Messiaen. He will record this program of Rodríguez' piano music for Albany Records.

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