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Santa Fe Concert Series

2018 Fall Concerts

Conrad Tao, Concert Pianist

Evening Concert
November 9, 7:30 p.m., The Great Hall

Program to be announced

Conrad Tao is in very high demand as a performer and has an impressive list of accomplishments for his young age. As part of his program, he will likely play some of his own exciting virtuoso compositions. Expect to hear one of the most important solo events at St. John’s College in many years!

Conrad Tao played his first songs at the piano at 18 months of age. At age four, he gave his first public piano recital, at eight had his concert debut, and at ten was featured on PBS From the Top. Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, has performed concertos with top orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times, a “thoughtful and mature composer” by NPR, and “ferociously talented” by TimeOut New York.

In June of 2011, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Department of Education named Tao a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him a YoungArts gold medal in music. Later that year, Tao was named a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. In May of 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He won the Julliard Pre-College Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and the Prokofiev Concerto competition.

Conrad Tao has acquired quite a following in Santa Fe, thanks to his being featured by the Santa Fe Pro Musica a number of times over the years. So SJC community members should come early to get good seats. Dean Walter Sterling and his son Will heard him perform last year in sell-out concerts and tell us to be prepared to be ‘dazzled.’ Students who attended then also clapped rhythmically, crying ‘Conrad! Conrad!’—and were then rewarded with his performance of a jazzy encore—which is why we thought we’d better bring him to the college.

This concert is free for the St. John’s community, $20.00 for the public.

2019 Spring Concerts

Peter Pesic, Piano

January 18, 2019 12:10–1:15 p.m., Junior Common Room

The second in a series of lunchtime concerts of Bach, Chopin, and Stravinsky piano works, performed by St. John’s College musician-in-residence, Peter Pesic.

  • Bach: Contrapunctus 5–8 from The Art of Fugue
  • Stravinsky: Sonate
  • Chopin: Variations on “Je vends des scapulaires”; Rondo à la Mazur, op. 5

Nordic Voices

Evening Concert
Friday, February 8, 2019 7:30 p.m., The Great Hall

Nordic Voices is a six-voice a cappella group that has been making waves not only in Scandinavia, but in places as far afield as South Africa, Taiwan, Bolivia and the United States. Artistic creativity, versatility, technical precision—these are the primary ingredients of the perfect recipe for a performing arts ensemble. One other ingredient, that indescribable something that we call audience appeal, makes the picture complete. These are the elements that make up Nordic Voices.

This concert is free for the St. John’s community, $20.00 for the public.

Peter Pesic, Piano

March 1, 2019 12:10–1:15 p.m., Junior Common Room

The third in a series of lunchtime concerts of Bach, Chopin, and Stravinsky piano works, performed by St. John’s College musician-in-residence, Peter Pesic.

  • Bach: Contrapunctus 9–12 from The Art of Fugue
  • Stravinsky: The Five Fingers; Tango
  • Chopin: Funeral March; Ecossaises, op. 72; Introduction and Rondo, op. 16.

Peter Pesic, Piano

May 3, 2019 12:10–1:15 p.m., Junior Common Room

The fourth in a series of lunchtime concerts of Bach, Chopin, and Stravinsky piano works, performed by St. John’s College musician-in-residence, Peter Pesic.

  • Bach: Contrapunctus 13–14” from The Art of Fugue
  • Stravinsky: Four Études, op. 7; Piano-Rag-Music
  • Chopin: Souvenir de Paganini; Allegro de Concert, op. 46.