MASNO is pleased to welcome acclaimed American pianist Spencer Myer as NOCTURNE XV Artist!
Sunday, November 5, 2017
5:00 p.m. - Champagne Reception
6:00 p.m. - Salon Concert
7:30 p.m. - Dinner
Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
This year's Nocturne is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Richard Goula
Mr. Myers's program will be announced soon
General Ticket: $200
Young Patron (40 years and younger) Ticket: $125
A portion of each General Ticket purchase is tax-deductible.*
* $125 of each $200 General Ticket Purchase is tax-deductible.
Sponsorship opportunities are available including purchasing tickets for area musicians and music students.
NOCTURNE is the Annual Gala and Fundraiser of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. Held at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown New Orleans, this beautiful event has become one of the most anticipated evenings of the year. The evening includes a champagne reception, salon recital by a world-renowned pianist, and a fabulous dinner. Proceeds from this event help us to continue offering you a wide variety of innovative musical programming during the year.
Sonata No. 46 in E Major, Hob. XVI: 31 Franz Josef Haydn
from Miroirs Maurice Ravel
Une barque sur l’océan
Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op.39 Frédéric Chopin
Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op.54
Two Rags William Bolcom
Graceful Ghost Rag
The Serpent’s Kiss
About the Artist
Lauded for “superb playing” and “poised, alert musicianship” by The Boston Globe and labeled “definitely a man to watch” by London’s The Independent, American pianist SPENCER MYER is one of the most respected and sought-after artists on today’s concert stages.
Adding to his coast-to-coast credentials, Spencer Myer includes in his current season debuts with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Arizona’s Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and Colorado’s Grand Junction and Longmont symphony orchestras, as well as return engagements with the Duluth Superior and Southeast Iowa symphony orchestras and a fifth tour of South Africa. Summer, 2018 includes his return to Wisconsin’s Peninsula Music Festival. His solo recitals and chamber music collaborations take him throughout the United States, and he continues as half of the Daurov/Myer Duo, having teamed up with the award-winning cellist Adrian Daurov in 2012. The Duo’s schedule includes a prestigious debut at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.
Spencer Myer’s orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been soloist with, among many others, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boise, Dayton, Evansville and Louisiana philharmonic orchestras, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Altoona, Baton Rouge, Bozeman, Canton, Chattanooga, Duluth Superior, Indianapolis, Juneau, Knoxville, Macon, Missoula, New Haven, Phoenix, Ridgefield, San Juan, Santa Fe, Springfield (MA, MO, OH), Traverse, Tucson and Wyoming symphony orchestras, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Ohio’s ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, New York City’s The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Mexico’s Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, South Africa’s Cape Town and Johannesburg philharmonic orchestras and Beijing’s China National Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with, among others, conductors David Bernard, Nicholas Cleobury, Kayoko Dan, David Danzmayr, Robert Franz, Neal Gittleman, Bernhard Gueller, Jacques Lacombe, Jahja Ling, Dirk Meyer, Timothy Muffitt, Maurice Peress, Kyle Wiley Pickett, Arthur Post, Kevin Rhodes, Lucas Richman, Matthew Savery, Alfred Savia, Klauspeter Seibel, Steven Smith, Gerald Steichen, Arjan Tien, Peter Stafford Wilson and Victor Yampolsky. His 2005 recital/orchestral tour of South Africa included a performance of the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, followed by return orchestra and recital tours in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015.
Spencer Myer’s recital appearances have been presented in New York City’s Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y and Steinway Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and London’s Wigmore Hall, while many of his performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York City), WHYY (Philadelphia), WCLV (Cleveland) and WFMT (Chicago). An in-demand chamber musician, he appeared for five summers at the Lev Aronson Legacy Festival in Dallas with cellists Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Amit Peled and Brian Thornton, and enjoys a recurring partnership with the Miami String Quartet at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Other artistic partners include clarinetist David Shifrin, Cardiff Singer of the World winner Nicole Cabell, the Jupiter, Manhattan and Pacifica string quartets and the Dorian Wind Quintet. Festival appearances have included those of the Bard, Blossom, Cape Cod Chamber, Colorado, Mendocino and Skaneateles music festivals, Canada’s Concerts aux Iles du Bic, Spain’s Gijon International Piano Festival and Valencia International Piano Academy, and Indonesia’s Yogyakarta International Music Festival.
Spencer Myer’s career was launched with three important prizes: First Prize in the 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition in South Africa, the 2006 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship from the American Pianists Association and the Gold Medal from the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition. Additionally, he is a laureate of the 2007 William Kapell, 2005 Cleveland and 2005 Busoni international piano competitions. He also enjoys an expanding reputation as a vocal collaborator since winning the 2000 Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition. Mr. Myer was a member of Astral Artists’ performance roster from 2003-2010.
An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Spencer Myer has been a frequent guest artist at workshops for students and teachers, and has served on the faculties of the Baldwin-Wallace University and Oberlin College conservatories of music. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University. In the fall of 2016, Mr. Myer was appointed Artist-Teacher in Piano and Collaborative Piano at Boston’s Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Spencer Myer’s debut CD for harmonia mundi usa - solo music of Busoni, Copland, Debussy and Kohs - was released in the fall of 2007 to critical acclaim by Fanfare and Gramophone magazines. He can also be heard on a composer-conducted Naxos CD in performances of three concerti from Huang Ruo’s Chamber Concerto Cycle and in a performance of Ravel’s Chansons madécasses, included on "Intimate Masterpieces," a 2013 CD featuring faculty and alumni of the Oberlin Conservatory and issued by Oberlin Music. Mr. Myer’s most recent recordings – "William Bolcom: Piano Rags" and the Brahms Cello Sonatas with Brian Thornton – were both released in 2017 on the Steinway & Sons label.
Spencer Myer is a Steinway Artist. www.spencermyer.com
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