Susan Ellinger, Piano
Tradition had it that a Schubertiade was an event celebrating the music of Schubert, intimate gatherings in the homes of friends and colleagues who were admirers of the composer’s work. In this tradition, pianist Susan Ellinger, praised for her ‘virtuosic and tempting’ performances, presents an evening of solo works of Franz Schubert.
This concert is generously underwritten by:
Pat & Betsy Frank
Impromptus, Op. 142
Drei Klavierstucke, D. 946
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Susan Ellinger, Piano
Praised for her “refined, poised and singular” vision, pianist Susan Ellinger is capturing the attention of audiences throughout North America. Combining technical mastery with deeply emotional interpretations of solo and chamber literature, Susan is a pianist comfortable in a range of repertoire from Schubert to Debussy and a champion of new music having worked with composers such as Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, and Nils Vigeland.
Last season brought collaborations with artists performing the works of Claude Debussy. Most notably Ellinger reimagined Debussy for the stage presenting his Preludes Book One as a theatrical piece replete with poetry and sculpture alongside a live performance bringing new life to these highly beautiful and programmatic works.
During the 2016-17 season Susan will present concerts surveying the keyboard repertoire of classicism and romanticism presenting late sonatas of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven as well as works by Schubert, Chopin and Brahms. This series of concerts will illustrate the evolution of pianistic and compositional style in the 19th century, the golden age of modern keyboard composition and performance. A series of recordings based on the programs is planned for late 2016.
Ellinger officially joined the Blue Sage Center for the Arts located in Paonia, Colorado as Artistic Director in 2012 to create and direct a comprehensive concert series program. Since its inception, Ellinger has collaborated with visiting artists such as Darrett Adkins (cello), Bill Kalinkos (clarinet), Rachel Priday (violin) and Christina Jennings (flute), who have noted the ‘remarkable community’, ‘incredible quality of life’ and ‘sheer beauty’ of the region where the center is located. The Blue Sage Concert Series runs year-round and consistently performs to sold-out audiences. Over the years it has grown to encompass both classical and world music concerts as well as outreach activities into local public schools and master class workshops provided by visiting artists. Ellinger is committed to making music accessible to all and bringing music performance and education to young audiences.
A protégé of Julian Martin at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Susan went on to study with Leon Fleisher at Peabody Institute and Veda Kaplinsky at The Juilliard School. She is an alumnus of the Taos Festival School of Music where she studied with Robert McDonald.
In Person: Blue Sage Gallery, 226 Grand Ave., Paonia
Over the Phone: (970) 527-7243
Section A: $25 adult, $20 youth (18&under)
Section B: $20 adult, $15 youth (18&under)