Blair McMillen (piano)
March 22, 2009
Grace Episcopal Church
13 Court Street
The Arts at Grace Sunday afternoon concert series will offer its fifth concert of the season on Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 13 Court Street in Cortland. Pianist Blair McMillen will play works by Beethoven, Debussy, and Marc Mellits. The audience will be able to meet and talk with McMillen during an informal reception following the performance.
Blair McMillen has established himself as one of the most sought-after and versatile pianists today. His repertoire spans from late-medieval keyboard manuscripts to the 21st century. Recent performances include solo appearances with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony/Dogs of Desire, Miller Theatre's 15th-anniversary "Piano Revolution," the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Caramoor, CalArts, the Institute for Advanced Study, and "Music for the New Century" at Columbia University. His first CD "Soundings;" featuring music of Debussy, Scriabin, Liszt, and Bolcom; was released to wide critical acclaim. Other recent solo recordings include "Powerhouse Pianists" on Lumiere, "Concert Music of Fred Hersch" on Naxos, and "Multiplicities: Born in '38" on Centaur. Mr. McMillen recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist, under the baton of David Robertson.
Dedicated to new and groundbreaking projects, Blair McMillen is intensely committed to performing the music of today. He has premiered hundreds of pieces, and constantly works with both established and emerging composers in commissioning new works for the piano. A founding member of the ensemble counter)induction, and pianist for the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players; Mr. McMillen plays regularly with the downtown-NYC based Avian Orchestra, the Locrian Chamber Players, and the American Modern Ensemble, among others. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, Oberlin College, and the Manhattan School of Music. An active educator, improviser, and self-taught jazz pianist, he serves on the piano faculty at Bard College.
Admission to all Arts at Grace events is free, but voluntary donations can be made at the door. Come and enjoy a spectacular performance by this fine musician. For further information, call the church at (607) 753-3073.