Solon Pierce, Pianist

Date: March 28, 2013
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Thorley Recital Hall, Music Building
Category: Arts and Entertainment

Experience the harmonious virtuosity of a master musician, Solon Pierce, as he shares his artistry in a free piano recital. SUU’s Department of Music presents this guest artist for a one-night-only event, Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm. The performance will take place in the intimate Thorley Recital Hall within SUU’s Music Building. Admission for this event is free.

Solon Pierce received his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College where he worked with Robert McDonald, his master’s degree from The Juilliard School where he worked with Jerome Lowenthal and Abbey Simon, and his doctorate degree at the University of Minnesota where he worked with Alexander Braginsky. Additional studies have been with Howard Karp at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and with Grant Johannesen and Diane Walsh at the Mannes College of Music. Dr. Pierce has performed frequently in his native Wisconsin including appearances with the Festival City Symphony of Milwaukee and the Madison Symphony. He’s performed on television (nationally syndicated Music da Camera), on radio broadcasts for Wisconsin Public Radio (Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen), for Radio Denmark in Copenhagen, for Iowa Public Radio, and for the WFMT network, Chicago.  

Dr. Pierce has performed extensively as a solo and collaborative artist and given master classes at many colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Performance locations include Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium) in New York, the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, the British Music Information Centre in London, Magdalen College and Maison Française of Oxford University, the Fondation Danoise in Paris, the Vendsyssel Festival and Skagens Museum in Jutland (Denmark). Other performance locations include Copenhagen, Stockholm, Odense, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Vienna, New Orleans, Tampa, Honolulu, Seattle, St. Louis, Louisville, Albuquerque, Minneapolis, San Diego, and Toronto. Dr. Pierce is an ardent advocate of neglected and new music, and his performances have included world premieres of works by Kaikhosru Sorabji, John Cage, Gunnar Johansen, and Nicholas Brown. In the fall of 1999, Dr. Pierce was awarded an Alumni grant from Oberlin College to conduct research and record Gunnar Johansen's Sonata No. 23 ('Trilogie der Leidenschaft') for Radio Denmark in Copenhagen, and he presented an article entitled "Glenn Gould and Gunnar Johansen: A Tale of Two Magi" at the 1999 Glenn Gould Gathering in Toronto.

Dr. Pierce is slated to perform a wide range of selections from romantic and classic composers such as Franz Schubert and Ramon Delgado Palacios to jazz and contemporary styles from the turn of the century such as “In the Mist” by Bix Beiderbecke, “Novelette in Fourths” by George Gershwin, and even a few ragtime selections from “The King of Ragtime,” himself, Scott Joplin.

As Roy Ayers once said, “The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.” Join this evening’s performance as this messenger of music livens the spirit and stirs the soul as he shares his musical gift. This evening is presented by the Southern Utah University Music Department. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800, or visit