Harpsichord Week Schedule:
All rehearsals, lessons, lectures, and recitals are free and open to the public.
Questions? Email Hilary.Demske@uvu.edu
|Friday, November 13||
|9.00-10.00 am||UVU String Quartet rehearsal, GT 335
|10.00-11.30 am||Individual lessons, GT 335|
|12.00-2.00 pm||Chamber Orchestra rehearsal, GT 507|
|2.30-5.30 pm||Individual lessons, GT 507|
|Monday, November 16|
Ling-Ju Lai recital, GT 416
|Tuesday, November 17|
|10.00-11.00 am||Chamber Choir rehearsal, GT 416|
|12.00-1.00 pm||String Masterclass, GT 416|
||Percussion ensemble rehearsal, GT 507|
||Individual lessons, GT 335|
|Wednesday, November 18|
|8.00-9.00 am||UVU String Quartet rehearal, GT 335|
||Lecture, Marden Pond, “Different Tuning Systems”, GT 507|
lessons, GT 335
|12.00-12.30 pm||Brandenburg 5 Rehearsal, GT 335
||Piano Masterclass, GT 335|
||Lecture, Ling-Ju Lai, “Harpsichord Technique”, GT 335|
|3.30-6.30 pm||Individual lessons, GT 335|
|Thursday, November 19|
|8.30-9.00 am||Individual lesson, GT 416
Choir rehearsal, GT 416
|12.00-1.00 pm||Voice Masterclass, GT 511g|
||Percussion ensemble rehearsal, Ragan Theater|
||Individual lessons, Ragan Theater|
|5.30-6.00 pm||UVU String Quartet rehearsal, Ragan Theater|
||Concerto Night with String Quartet and Percussion Ensemble, Ragan Theater|
|Friday, November 20|
||Individual lessons, Ragan Theater|
|12.00-2.00 pm||Chamber Orchestra rehearsal, Ragan Theater|
|2.00-3.00 pm||Faculty recital rehearsal|
||Chamber Orchestra recital, Ragan Theater|
|Saturday, November 21|
recital part 1,
||Student recital part 2, Ragan Theater|
||Faculty/Chamber Choir recital, Ragan Theater|
The Music Department is proud to present ‘Harpsichord Week’ at Utah Valley University from November 16-21, 2009, celebrating the recent acquisition of a 2009 harpsichord built by Peter Fisk. The festival features renowned harpsichordist Ling-Ju Lai presenting five recitals in collaboration with UVU students and faculty. All events are free and open to the public.
Dr. Lai, a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music, is a well-known Baroque specialist who has garnered consistent favorable reviews with her creative interpretation of Baroque keyboard music, particularly the complete Bach Partitas. The Baltimore Sun writes, “The depth of the sound sinks in with startling poignancy as Ling-Ju Lai lets the notes linger long in the air . . . a moment of musical insight to savor.”
The festival will begin with a solo harpsichord recital by Ling-Ju Lai on Monday, November 16 at 7:30 pm in GT 416. The concert includes selections from Rameau, Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, Farnaby, and Soler. “The opportunity to hear a solo harpsichord recital with an artist of Ling-Ju Lai’s caliber is extremely rare.” piano department chair Dr. Hilary Demske writes. “Often even musicians are not aware of the expressive power that the instrument has in the hands of the right performer. Ling-Ju Lai’s playing will transform the way you hear the harpsichord.”
The remaining four musical events will take place in the Ragan Theater. Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 pm will be ‘Harpsichord Concerto Night’. Dr. Lai will perform Vivaldi concerto in D Major and three Scarlatti sonatas with the UVU Percussion Ensemble featuring flute and marimba quartet. The d minor keyboard concerto of J.S. Bach with the UVU Honors String Quartet will follow.
On Friday, November 21 at 7:30 pm, the UVU Chamber Orchestra will perform Brandenburg Concerto No.5 with harpsichordist Ling-Ju Lai, violinist Dr. Donna Fairbanks, and flutist Mary Richards. The orchestra, directed by Dr. Donna Fairbanks, will also present Eccles Sonata in G minor with bass soloist Eric Hansen and Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony.
‘Harpsichord Week’ will conclude with two performances on Saturday. A student harpsichord recital will take place at 5:30, with performers and ensembles selected by Dr. Lai after individual private instruction throughout the week. After a brief pause at 6:30, the concluding recital at 7:00 will feature the UVU Chamber Choir performing selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria and faculty harpsichord ensembles.
Festival organizer Hilary Demske says that “with so many different ensembles performing, the audience will be able to experience the depth and variety of the harpsichord. The best way to learn about Baroque music is to hear it, and this event offers that opportunity led by a world-class artist."