Now touring: Illumination: Piano works based on Byzantine and Jewish Chant

Barnes presents a unique program inspired by the mystical world of ancient chant from the Byzantine and Jewish traditions.

Barnes has collaborated with Philip Glass for the past 28 years and the program will include Barnes' virtuoso transcription of "The Land," Glass's musical treatment of the Native experience from his Piano Concerto No.2, "After Lewis and Clark." Barnes' latest commission from composer J.A.C. Redford "Variations on the Incarnation" will also be performed. The work is based on the beloved Greek Orthodox hymn "I Parthenos Simeron" which Barnes will chant before the performance of the new work. The program concludes with Victoria Bond's Illuminations on Byzantine Chant which Barnes featured on his latest recording of the piano works of Bond released in 2021 by Albany Records.

New Release - Fall of 2021: Illumination

Barnes' 14th CD release featuring
a contemplative and cathartic program of piano works
inspired by the mystical world of chant.

"he sings with haunting musicality...and plays with fervid virtuosity...the music is calm and meditative, perfect for these troubled times." - American Record Guide review of Illumination: Piano Works of Victoria Bond

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"The melodic beauty and benevolent fluidity of the first movement instantly seduce before the darkness of the second…"

"Paul Barnes, whose pianistic lines are always clear, is a marvel of dialogue with Brooklyn Rider"

"Glass has clearly entered a third period. A period which saw the enthronement of a style still as personal but with less radical contours. A style that we hardly hesitate today to qualify as classic. This is probably the other "Annunciation" of this disc."

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Upcoming Performances

Date Description Venue/Location
Jan 28 Graduate Auditions at Glenn Korff School of Music  Lincoln, NE
Feb 5 Illumination Solo Recital, 7:30pm, Sykes Chapel, University of Tampa  Learn more » Jacksonville, FL
Feb 7 Solo Recital, Jacksonville University  Jacksonville, FL
Feb 17 Undergraduate Auditions at Glenn Korff School of Music  Lincoln, NE
March 17 Performance with Cappella Romana  Learn more » Portland, OR
March 19 St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Philip Glass Annunciation Piano Quintet and Victoria Bond Illuminations with Cappella Romana, 4:00pm   Learn more » Seattle, WA
March 31 Illumination Solo Recital, Heidelberg University, 7:30pm   Tiffin, OH
April 9-16 Orthodox Holy Week at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church  Lincoln, NE
May 24 The Way of Mountains and Desert by Ron Warren and Sacagawea by Philip Glass. Cutting Edge Concerts performance with Ron Warren, Native flute, Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St, New York  New York, NY
July 17-21 Lied Center Piano Academy  Learn more » New York, NY
July 27 World Premiere of Jac Redford's "Variations on the Incarnation" and the Houston premiere of Philip Glass Piano Quintet "Annunciation," University of St. Thomas   Learn more » Houston, TX
Sept 7 Masterclass at Butler University, 2:00pm Indianapolis, IN
Sept 8 Illuminations solo recital at Butler University, 7:30pm Eidson-Duckall Recital Hall, Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
Sept 10 Illuminations solo recital at University of Indianapolis, 3pm Indianapolis, IN
Oct 12-13 NMTA Conference at UNO Omaha, NE
Nov 4 Masterclass for Atlanta area high-school students, 5pm, North Decatur Presbyterian Church Atlanta, GA
Nov 5 Illuminations solo recital at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 7:30pm Atlanta, GA
Jan 27 Graduate Auditions at the Glenn Korff School of Music Lincoln, NE
Jan 31 Retrospective celebration and JAC Redford premiere in Lincoln, Westbrook Recital Hall, 7:30pm Lincoln, NE
Feb 16 Undergraduate Auditions at the Glenn Korff School of Music Lincoln, NE
April 5 Philip Glass Retrospective, Heidelberg University Tiffin, OH
April 8 Illuminations solo recital, Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH
April 27-May 5 Orthodox Holy Week at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Lincoln, NE
June 30 - July 7 Piano Plus Summer Piano Institute   Learn more » Xanthi, Greece
July 22-26 July 22-26 Lied Center Piano Academy  Learn more » Lincoln, NE
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