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Jazz pianist Fred Hersch at Maverick Concerts, August 21st 6PM

July 20, 2010

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From: Jazz Promo Services


Jazz Piano Virtuoso in a Solo Concert August 21


Woodstock, N.Y., July 20, 2010—Celebrated jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch makes his Maverick debut with a solo concert on Saturday, August 21, at 6:00 p.m.
Among the most prolific and widely-praised solo jazz pianists of his generation, Fred Hersch has earned a place among the foremost jazz artists in the world today. He is widely recognized for his ability to steadfastly create a unique body of original works while reinventing the standard jazz repertoire—investing time-tested classics with keen insight, fresh ideas, and extraordinary technique. Mr. Hersch has explored the jazz tradition to its fullest even as he opens new and undiscovered doors.

From the late ’70s onward, Mr. Hersch has solidified a reputation as a versatile jazz master. His numerous accomplishments include three Grammy nominations and a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. He has appeared on more than one hundred recordings, including more than two dozen albums as bandleader or solo pianist. Mr. Hersch has been called a "one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation" by Downbeat. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times said, "Mr. Hersch has developed a solo concept second to none in jazz."

Mr. Hersch’s compositions are a vital part of his live concerts and recordings. His 2003 work Leaves of Grass, a large-scale setting of Walt Whitman’s poetry, played to sold-out halls on a nationwide tour. He has received commissions from The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, The Doris Duke Foundation, The Miller Theatre at Columbia University, The Gramercy Trio and The Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

Fred has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and on a wide variety of National Public Radio programs including Fresh Air, Jazz Set, Studio 360, and Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz. Hersch has also been awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship, grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer, and six composition residencies at The MacDowell Colony. A committed educator, Fred has taught at The New School and the Manhattan School of Music; he is currently a visiting professor at Western Michigan University and is on the Jazz Studies faculty of The New England Conservatory. Fred has been a passionate spokesman and fund-raiser for AIDS services and education agencies since 1993.

Maverick Concerts is the oldest continuous summer chamber music festival in America and a winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Built by Maverick Art Colony founder Hervey White, Maverick Concert Hall first opened its doors to music lovers in 1916. The rustic hall is located at 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock, N.Y. 12498. With acoustics ideally suited to the intimacy of live chamber music performance, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For additional details, including a schedule of concerts, ticket prices, and seating information, visitwww.maverickconcerts.org or call Maverick’s recorded message line at 845-679-8217.

Yamaha is the Official Piano of Maverick Concerts. The C7 grand piano in the Maverick Concert Hall is a generous loan from Yamaha Artists Services.
Maverick Concerts, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is supported by the Maverick Endowment Fund, Friends of Maverick, the towns of Woodstock and Hurley, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (a state agency), the National Endowment for the Arts, Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund administered by the Dutchess County Arts Council, the Dyson Foundation, local businesses, and other public and private foundations.
[Photo attached. Please credit David Bartolomi.]
Up Next at Maverick Concerts:

Sunday, August 22, 4:00 p.m.
Ebène Quartet of Paris • "A Maverick Debut"
Mozart: Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
Debussy: String Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131

Saturday, August 28, 6:00 p.m.
Joel Fan, piano
The Maverick Chamber Players • Alexander Platt, conductor
Daron Hagen, composer in residence
“Hagen, Barber, Chopin: A Trio of Anniversaries”
Chopin: Piano Sonata in B Flat Minor, “Funeral March”
Barber: Piano Sonata, Op. 26
Daron Hagen: Seven Last Words, concerto for piano left-hand and orchestra (2001)
World première of the chamber orchestra version

Sunday, August 29, 4:00 p.m.
The Borromeo String Quartet; Judith Gordon, piano
A Salute to Samuel Barber at 100
Barber: Adagio for Strings
James Matheson: Piano Quintet (World premiere)
Gunther Schuller: Adagio for Strings
Beethoven: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Razumovsky”
Special Event: Open rehearsal 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Composer James Matheson and the musicians
will share a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process
and interaction between composer and musicians
as they prepare for this world premiere performance.

Media Contact:
Mary Fairchild
Publicity Director
Maverick Concerts, Inc.
14 Lake Hill Road
Kingston, N.Y. 12401


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