Pianist Bruce Brubaker at CMU
|October 27, 2009|
Carnegie Mellon University School of Fine Arts
Kresge Recital Hall, free
Pianist Bruce Brubaker will give a recital of contemporary piano music with classics intermingled. The program includes Philip Glass’ Mad Rush, Franz Joseph Haydn’s Sonata in C Major, Hoboken XVI:50, Alvin Lucier’s Nothing is Real, Chopin’s Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat Major, Opus 61, and Alvin Curran’s Hope Street Tunnel Blues III.
Acclaimed for his subtle mastery of the classical repertory, Bruce Brubaker has become a champion of contemporary American music, particularly the works of composers Philip Glass and John Adams. Brubaker is creating a new role for the pianist. He is highly regarded for his innovative programming, often combining music with other media.
He has recorded three CDs on the Arabesque label in a continuing series exploring American piano music. The newest, Hope Street Tunnel Blues, was released in 2007, and includes Brubaker’s transcription of Knee Play 4 from Glass’s opera Einstein on the Beach. Brubaker’s CD Glass Cage, with pieces by Glass and John Cage, was named one of the ten best releases of 2000 by The New Yorker.
As an advocate for new music, Brubaker has premiered works by Glass, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and John Cage. He performed at Sanders Theater in collaboration with Cage during the composer’s tenure as Charles Eliot Norton Lecturer at Harvard University. Of Brubaker’s playing at a later recital at Harvard, the Boston Globe wrote: “A big-toned, brainy, firebrand kind of music making that made you think of—dare one say this?—Rudolf Serkin.”