LSU Professor, Cellist Dennis Parker to Perform Several New York Premieres at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall
BATON ROUGE – LSU Professor and American cellist Dennis Parker will be joined by Brazilian pianist Lina Morita to perform the New York premieres of compositions by Ivan Sokolov, Scott Eggert and Walter Burle Marx at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, May 9 at 8 p.m. The performance will open with Rochberg’s “Ricordanza” and also will feature Parker’s transcription of Debussy’s “Violin Sonata.”
Parker, a virtuoso cellist and professor of cello in the LSU School of Music, is also creator of “The Popper Manifesto,” the first complete recording and instruction manual of David Popper’s “High School of Cello Playing” on DVD. “The Popper Manifesto” is in music libraries from Juilliard to the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and has assisted more than 2,000 cellists worldwide. Last season, Parker – who travels extensively as recitalist, soloist, collaborator and frequent guest professor at universities, festivals and academies worldwide – performed throughout the United States and in China, Turkey, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and Spain.
Morita is professor of piano at McNeese State University, and has performed extensively throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University and Rice University.
As the 2012 recipient of the Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars grant, or ATLAS, Parker’s performance will be presented by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Actively engaged in the expansion of the cello repertoire, Parker’s other projects include a first recording and new editions of his transcriptions of Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No.5 in A Major” K219 and the “Sinfonia Concertante in E flat” K364 for violin and cello. He has also recorded the complete works for cello by Brazilian composer Walter Burle Marx.
The Weill Hall program includes New York premieres of Russian pianist/composer Ivan Sokolov’s “Sonata for Cello and Piano” (2002), a work Parker has recorded with the composer; American composer Scott Eggert’s “Uccello” (2005) for solo cello; Brazilian composer/pianist/conductor Walter Burle Marx’s playful “Sambatango” (1974); and Parker’s transcription of Debussy’s “Violin Sonata” (1917). The performance will open with George Rochberg’s “Ricordanza” (1972).
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