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Faculty recital series showcases pianist Rodney Reynerson

Reynerson_t.jpgBOONE—The Hayes School of Music’s Faculty Recital Series continues Nov. 2 with a performance by pianist Rodney Reynerson.  The recital begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University.

The program features new repertoire for Reynerson. “I have taught a lot of the pieces, but never performed them. I always feel like I teach better if it is a piece I have performed,” he said.

The program opens with Samuel Barber’s “Excursions, Op. 20,” which Reynerson says are depictions of the American landscape. “This was Barber’s first excursion into a completely American idiom for someone who wrote the typical classical sonata form, with pieces that are jazzy, blues based and one based on the song ‘Streets of Laredo.’”

Reynerson also will perform three intermezzos by Johannes Brahms, which the composer referred to as the “lullabies of his sorrows, meloncholy but beautiful,” Reynerson said.

The program also includes Maurice Ravel’s “Sonatine,” which Renerson calls “a gem of a masterpiece. An amazing work, the epitome of economoy of material.” The work’s three movements are based on its opening theme. Two preludes by Sergei Rachmaninoff on the program are considered typical of his dark, melancholy nature.

Reynerson concludes the recital with George Gershwin’s transcription of 18 of his song for solo piano, some of which are as short as 45 seconds. “He took the kernels of his songs and made them jazzy and fun,” Reynerson said. The collection includes “I’ll Build a Staircase to Paradise,” “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” and “’S Wonderful.”