Watch clips from weekly studio class performances:

Nocturne, Op. 62, No. 1, Frédéric Chopin – Performed by Elizabeth Vaughan

English Suite No. 1 in A major, Prelude and Allemande, Johann Sebastian Bach – Performed by Elizabeth Vaughan

Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, “Emperor,” I. Allegro, Ludwig van Beethoven – Performed by Tony Capparelli

Concerto No. 3, Op. 26, I. Andante-Allegro Serge Prokofiev – Performed by Cameron Pieper

Studio Recitals

Our studio project this year was a performance of the entire Bach Goldberg Variations and the set of 12 Variations by contemporary composers that were written for the Gilmore Festival in 2004. We performed excerpts at Lawrence’s off-campus retreat, Bjorklunden, and at the Boys and Girls Club of Appleton and performed the entire set in Harper Hall at Lawrence. In past years, we’ve done projects involving piano music written in reference to literature, programs of 21st century duos, and programs in conjunction with the theater department. Every year offers new opportunities! 

Here’s a brief portion of our Feb. 4 studio recital featuring the entire Bach Goldberg Variations as well as the entire 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg, which gives a a contemporary take on Bach’s monumental work. The program can be found here (DOCX).

Björklunden Studio Recital Program, Jan 20 2014 (DOCX)

Outreach Concerts

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My studio has recently been very busy doing outreach concerts. We received a grant from Lawrence and the local music store to move a piano to the Boys and Girls Club, and we’re also doing performances at a local soup kitchen. We love the idea that classical music is not for geeks only, and we want to make it available to people in the community who may have had no exposure, but may find out they love it.

Here’s a sample program (DOCX).

Other Student Performances

Watch Jonathan Fagan, our studio’s jazz/classical guru, performing on Wisconsin Public TV  (0-18′ on this clip).