Fri, Jul 5, 7:30 pm: Haskell Small, piano
Haskell Small, piano, will perform an original composition, “Story of a Haunted Child,” along with works by Mozart and Chopin during a Casual Concert at Glen Echo Park. The concert will last about an hour. Admission is free, and all donations support the artist. Families with children are encouraged to attend.
Time: Friday, July 5, 7:30 pm
Location: Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park
Address: 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD
Parking: Parking is available in the large public lot at Glen Echo Park.
Admission: Free. All donations support the artist.
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. 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.
This program is presented in coordination with Art Walk in the Park. Every first Friday, May through September, from 6 to 8 pm, Glen Echo Park hosts open studios and artist demonstrations throughout the Park’s many art studios and galleries.