2019 Casual Concert Series
Haskell Small

Washington Conservatory of Music presents

HASKELL SMALL, pianist & composer

Friday, July 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, MD 20812
Admission by Donation | directions

Pianist and composer Haskell Small is well-known for his innovative programming. Following in the tradition of 18th- and 19th-century pianist/composers, Small often performs his own works. This one-hour casual concert will feature his original composition "Story of a Haunted Child" along with works by Mozart and Armando Luna.

Hailed by England's Musical Times for his "dazzlingly prodigious technique" and praised for his "rich imagination" Small has concertized in major European capitals, South America, Japan and China, and has been enthusiastically received by American audiences in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Spoleto Festival. He participated in an American Music Festival in Iceland. A prize winner in the Johann Sebastian Bach International Piano Competition, Small has received numerous awards and has been featured in the nationally broadcast PBS special, "A Celebration of the Piano."

Small has received notable commissions as a composer including a request from The Phillips Collection to compose a work to celebrate the return of their beloved Renoir painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party, in 2005. His The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence received its world premiere at the Phillips Collection in 2011. Formerly Composer in Residence with the Mount Vernon Orchestra he produced three orchestral works. The noted pianist Soheil Nasseri commissioned Small to compose Lullaby of War, a setting of six war poems, which has since been performed in New York, Washington, cities in Germany and Poland, and was released on Naxos Records.

Small has recorded a number of CDs, among them Mompou's Musica Callada (described as "A Golden Silence" by the Washington Post), a Gershwin disc, a children's CD with narrator Robert Aubry Davis, and Bach's Goldberg Variations. Small received his musical training at the San Francisco Conservatory and Carnegie-Mellon University, and studied piano with Leon Fleisher, William Masselos, Harry Franklin, and Jeanne Behrend, and composition with Roland Leich and Vincent Persichetti. A Washington DC native, Small is a member of the piano faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music.

An informal, one-hour, casual, family concert featuring original composition “Story of a Haunted Child” with works by Mozart and Armando Luna

This program is presented in coordination with Art Walk in the Park. Every First Friday, May through September from 6pm to 8pm, the Glen Echo Park Partnership hosts open studios and artist demonstrations in the Park's many visual arts studios and galleries. Each month features different activities.

The Washington Conservatory is a nationally accredited community music school for students of all ages. The Conservatory welcomes both seasoned and novice classical concert-goers and encourages families to attend our concerts with their children.

Parking is available in the large parking lot at Glen Echo Park.

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