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.
Pianist and Greek Orthodox chanter Dr. Paul Barnes presents a unique program inspired by the mystical world of ancient chant from the Byzantine and Jewish traditions at the historic St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine on December 12th, 7:00pm. Barnes will be joined by master chanter Dimitrios Katsiklis and the Byzantine Choir of St. Nicholas performing traditional byzantine hymns from the Nativity in both Greek and English. The evening will feature a performance of Philip Glass's Annunciation Piano Quintet which was used for the newly created video tour of St. Nicholas narrated by George Stephanopoulos. Barnes who has collaborated with Mr. Glass for the past twenty-eight years, commissioned the Annunciation Piano Quintet and gave the world premiere in 2018. 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." The program also includes Victoria Bond's Illuminations on Byzantine Chant which Barnes commissioned and featured on his latest recording of the piano works of Bond released in 2021 by Albany Records.
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 BondBuy now on Amazon »
"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."Read the Review...
|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||Illumination solo recital at Butler University, 7:30pm Eidson-Duckall Recital Hall, Indianapolis||Indianapolis, IN|
|Sept 10||Illumination 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||Illumination solo recital at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 7:30pm||Atlanta, GA|
|Dec 12||"Celebrating the Incarnation: Piano Works based on Byzantine Chant" (see flier above) at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & Shrine, 7:00pm Buy Tickets & Learn more »||New York, NY|
|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 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 15-19||July 22-26 Lied Center Piano Academy Learn more »||Lincoln, NE|
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