Cameron University Professor of Music Thomas Labé will present “Music Under the Stars,” an outdoor piano recital, on Friday, June 15. The recital will take place in the Fine Arts Courtyard on the Cameron campus at 8 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge.
The first half of the program will consist of selections from Franz Liszt’s cycle of pieces titled “Harmonies poétiques et religieuses.” The collection takes its name from a volume of poetry by Lamartine and includes several of Liszt’s most celebrated compositions, among them the “Funérailles.”
The second half of the program is given over to works by Rachmaninoff, The Elegie, Op. 3, No. 1 and the original 1913 version of the Second Piano Sonata, Op. 36.
“The Elegie is a youthful work of Rachmaninoff,” says Labé, “but it already displays all the hallmarks of his mature style; the dark, brooding melancholy that pervades all his music, the chant-like melody, and of course, the richly idiomatic writing for the instrument.”
Labé has just returned from a two week tour of Taiwan, where he played three recitals, gave a lecture which included the Taiwan premiere of some of Bach’s solo violin works with the piano accompaniments written by Robert Schumann, and taught master classes and lessons.
“One of the most rewarding parts of the trip was getting to see and hear students that I had worked with in the spring of 2011,” says Labé, “It’s not only great to see them again, but to see the progress and to work with them again. One student even requested to have a three-hour lesson this time!”
Labé teaches piano and a variety of coursework at Cameron. He was honored in 2011 with a university-wide award for his innovative application of technology in the classroom.
For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Music at (580) 581-2440.
June 8, 2012