posted October 30, 2013

Pianist Spencer Myer to Perform Tonight

Pianist Spencer Myer will perform at Hope College on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The performance will begin with “Sonata in G Major, K. 13,” “Sonata in d minor, K. 213,” and “Sonata in G Major, K. 427,” by Domenico Scarlatti; and “Sonata in A Major, D. 959,” by Franz Schubert. In addition, Myer will perform “Three Mazurkas, Op. 59”  “Barcarolle” in F-sharp Major, Op. 60, and “Polonaise-fantaisie” in A-flat Major, Op. 61, by Frédéric Chopin; and “Old Adam,” “The Eternal Feminine,” and “The Serpent’s Kiss” from “The Garden of Eden,” by William Bolcom.

Myer’s orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been a soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra; the Cleveland, Dayton and Louisiana philharmonic orchestras; Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston; and many others. In May 2005, his recital/orchestral tour of South Africa included a performance of the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa; return orchestra and recital tours followed in 2010 and 2012.

An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Myer has been a frequent guest artist at workshops for students and teachers, including Indiana’s Goshen College Piano Workshop and the Texas Conservatory for Young Artists in Dallas, and has served on the faculties of the Baldwin-Wallace College and Oberlin College conservatories of music.  Myer is also an advocate of contemporary music and inter-arts collaboration, and has worked with ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), Indianapolis’ Dance Kaleidoscope, Ohio Dance Theatre and New York City’s New Triad for Collaborative Arts and The Juilliard School’s “Composers and Choreographers” series. 

Myer is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Julian Martin. Other teachers include Peter Takács, Joseph Schwartz and Christina Dahl. He spent two summers at the Music Academy of the West, studying with Jerome Lowenthal and, later, vocal accompanying with Warren Jones and Marilyn Horne. During his undergraduate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he received numerous awards from that institution, while, in 2000, he was named a recipient of a four-year Jacob K. Javits Memorial Fellowship from the United States Department of Education. His Doctor of Musical Arts degree was conferred by Stony Brook University in 2005.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.