Join The New Millennium Chamber Orchestra; its dynamic Music Director, James Richard Frieman; and internationally acclaimed pianist Donna Coleman as we play J.S. Bach’s Concerto in D Minor and Brahms’s Second Symphony. Dr. Coleman will also play the “The Alcotts” movement from Charles Ives’s “Concord” Sonata.
Award-winning Philadelphia-born pianist Donna Coleman has spent the last twenty-two years in Australia where she created the OutBach® project that explores relationships between Indigenous, art, and popular music and makes performances in unexpected locations and combinations, including the world-first piano and didgeridoo duo collaborations and performances of concerti by J.S. Bach with guitars and didgeridoo instead of the traditional string orchestra.
Coleman’s performance research on American music produced world acclaimed recordings of works by Charles Ives (Et’Cetera Records Amsterdam), by composers associated with the Ragtime tradition (ABC Classics Sydney), and her own label OutBach® Music released Don’t Touch Me, the Danzas Cubanas by Ignacio Cervantes (2010) and The Lost Lady (2015). Her recording of Ives’s “Concord” Sonata received France’s Diapason d’Or and Editor’s Choice, and Christian Tarting’s review for Diapason magazine claims, “this Second Pianoforte Sonata . . . finds here its most convincing recorded version, due to its assertion, the assurance in its manner of effectively carrying out each detail, its analytical finesse.” James North writing for Fanfare found “Donna Coleman’s performance of Ives’s First Sonata is grand and sweeping, strong and confident, filled with charm and overflowing with joy. It immediately becomes my preferred version.”
Dr. Coleman and Dr. Frieman are lifelong friends and musical collaborators, so be sure to get your tickets now for “OutBach® to Brahms” on Dec. 3d at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Redwood City and on Dec. 4th at Hillview Middle School Performing Arts Center in Menlo Park.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
178 Clinton St. at Brewster Ave., Redwood City
Hillview Middle School Performing Arts Center
1100 Elder Ave., Menlo Park