Preston Bradley Hall
Haitian piano music by pianist Marianne Parker
Presented by Crossing Borders Music, and partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and City of Chicago.
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Pages intimes: A Concert of Haitian Piano Music
Hear music lost for over a century, and a world premiere performance, in this ground-breaking program of Haitian piano music by Crossing Borders Music pianist Marianne Parker! The program's namesake composition is the finely crafted, intensely emotional Pages intimes by composer Edmond Saintonge. A prolific composer in his lifetime, Saintonge's music became shrouded in obscurity after his death in 1907. The recent work of scholars rediscovering and recreating Saintonge's scores makes this performance possible, bringing to life Saintonge's music for the first time in over a century. Haitian composer Ludovic Lamothe, known as “Black Chopin,” infused lively Haitian méringue dance rhythms into his Quatre Danses (Four Dances). This concert includes the world premiere of Arôme musical (Musical Fragrance) by Haitian-Canadian composer Gifrants! The piece uses the compositional technique Gifrants describes as “natif,” drawing extensively on the rhythms, melodies, and harmonies of Haitian musical traditions.