2013-2014 Professional Concert Series

Washington Conservatory of Music presents

Haskell Small, piano

Federico Mompou’s Musica Callada

Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 8 PM
Westmoreland Congregational
United Church of Christ
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
FREE (donations welcome) | directions

Haskell Small, a pianist well-known for his imaginative programming, will kick off his national tour entitled “Journeys In Silence” with a free concert on October 5 at 8 pm, presented by the Washington Conservatory of Music at Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda at Massachusetts and Western Avenues, the boundary of DC and Bethesda. (Donations accepted at the door.)

Small will perform the complete Musica Callada, by Catalan Spanish composer Federico Mompou. This delicate set of 28 miniatures was composed between 1959 and 1967. Rarely performed, the work carries the listener through a serene musical journey in quietude peppered with moments of explosive contrast. The title of this set of pieces refers to a poem by the Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross, who expressed the idea of music as the voice of silence. While touring the US, Small will perform this work in diverse venues including monasteries, churches and other sites conducive to a contemplative experience.

Hailed by England’s Musical Times for his “dazzlingly prodigious technique,” Small has concertized with great success 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 recently 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.”

Following in the tradition of 18th- and 19th-century pianist/composers, Small is also an accomplished composer, who often performs his own works. In 2005, Small completed Renoir’s Feast, a commission by the Phillips Collection to celebrate the return of their beloved painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party. His The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence received its world premiere at the Phillips Collection in 2011. Small has recorded a number of CDs, among them Mompou's Musica Callada (declared “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 has studied piano with Leon Fleisher, William Masselos, Harry Franklin, and Jeanne Behrend, and composition with Roland Leich and Vincent Persichetti. A Washington DC native, he is Chair of the Piano Department at the Washington Conservatory of Music.

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. Back balcony seating is suggested for families with small children as a courtesy to other audience members.

Parking is on-street on Massachusetts and Western Avenues and in the parking lot of Westmoreland Congregational UCC church.

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