On May 29, 2015 APM Radio show “Performance Today“, hosted by Fred Child and longtime home of Bruce Adolphe’s Piano Puzzler, celebrated the composer’s 60th birthday. The broadcast kicked off with an introduction to Polly Rhythm the parrot, which Adolphe fondly refers to as his “walking, talking, flying 10th birthday present.” That was followed by a feature solo performance by violinist Joshua Bell of Adolphe’s J.S. Bach inspired Einstein’s Saraband: The Loneliness of Genius. Emily Ondracek-Peterson’s moving performance of this work can be heard in this video by Colorado Public Radio. The Saraband is one of five movements of a larger work to be included in Imaginary Film’s documentary motion picture by Nicholas Barris Einstein’s Light, soundtrack to be released on Sony Records this November. We are proud to announce that Keiser Classical will publish the performance edition later this season; email us for more details. The world concert premiere will take place in Amsterdam on 11/25/15, Joshua Bell as soloist.
Bruce Adolphe’s Chopin Dreams, a 25-minute solo piano work in which Adolphe imagines Chopin living and composing in New York today, was given its world premiere by the Italian pianist Carlo Grante in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, on September 15th, 2015. Rorianne Schrade of the New York Concert Review wrote, “the work is brimming with all the poetry and virtuosity one would hope for in a work inspired by the great Frédéric Chopin, but its tonal language is deliciously modern.” Read full review. Grante will play the European premiere in the Brahms-saal of the Musikverein in Vienna, on November 26th, 2015. The work is in six movements: New York Nocturne; Jazzurka; Piano Popping; Brooklyn Ballad; Quaalude; and Hora. For more information write to Keiser Classical.