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February 20, 2007

UMBC Presents Pianist Noel Lester in Concert

Thursday, March 8, 2007
8 p.m.
UMBC Fine Arts Recital Hall

Featuring a Historical Survey of Ragtime

Contact: Thomas Moore
Director of Arts & Culture

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Noel LesterThe UMBC Department of Music’s PRIME Series presents pianist Noel Lester in concert on Thursday, March 8, 8 p.m., in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Noel Lester has delighted audiences and critics alike for his performances throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and through his recordings and radio broadcasts. He appears regularly as a soloist, chamber pianist, and soloist with orchestra. Noel Lester made his European debut in 1991 at the Ernst Barlach Haus in Hamburg and he has since performed extensively throughout the U.K., Germany, France, Switzerland, Holland, and Poland. He has participated in international festivals at Maastricht and Belfast. In November of 2000, he made his Asian debut with recitals in Sendai and Tokyo.

His radio recitals include NPR, the BBC, RTE Dublin, SDR Stuttgart, Radio France, on the nationally-syndicated show, A Note to You, produced by WGBH-Boston, over WQED Pittsburgh, WNYC, and many others. As a recording artist, he may be heard on the Centaur, Elan, Koch International, Museum of Modern Art, RWYA, and Sonora labels.

The first half of the pianist’s program will feature classical works by Scarlatti, Haydn and Schubert; the second half will focus on the history of ragtime, from its precursors to works by modern masters:

Sonata in F Minor, Longo 187 Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in C Major, Longo 3 Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in F Major, Hob. XVI/23 Joseph Haydn
Three Impromptus: Franz Schubert
B-flat Major, Op. 142, No. 3
E-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 2
A-flat Minor, Op. 90, No. 4
“The Riches of Rags”
“Old Folks at Home” Variations (1856) Stephen Foster
Pasquinade (1863) Louis Moreau Gottschalk
The King of Ragtime:
Maple Leaf Rag (1899) Scott Joplin
Solace (1909)
The Next Wave:
The Baltimore Todolo (1908) Eubie Blake
Dill Pickles (1906) Charles L. Johnson
Novelty Rags:
Kitten on the Keys (1921) Zez Confrey
Dizzy Fingers (1923)
European Imitators:
Ragtime (1920) Igor Stravinsky
Ragtime (1921) Paul Hindemith
Golliwog’s Cakewalk (1908) Claude Debussy
Modern Masters:
The Graceful Ghost Rag (1971) William Bolcom
Spring Beauties (1997) Brian Dykstra

Admission is $7 general, $3 for senior citizens, free for all students, and free with a UMBC ID.
Tickets are available through MissionTix at or by calling MissionTix at 410-752-8950.
Tickets will also be available at the door (cash or check only) immediately prior to the concert.

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Posted by tmoore at February 20, 2007 9:46 AM