Cameron University piano students will be joined by vocal students to present “Soirée Xa: Duets and Love Songs” on Monday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior/military/non-Cameron students. CU students, faculty and staff are admitted free with CU I.D.
Students scheduled to perform are pianists Jacob Austin, Cache; Ruthie Kennedy, Elgin; and Brittany Dabbs, Thadyn DuPont, Noah Quinnett, Diana Webb, Lawton; and vocalists Khalil Cabera-Tosado and Stephanie Sabol, Lawton.
The program will consist of piano duets - four-hand one piano - by Mozart, Ravel, and Saint-Saёns as well as an aria by J. S. Bach and a Lied by Schubert. It will also feature a rare six-hand one piano waltz by Rachmaninoff.
The annual soirée, now in its 10th year, is presented by piano students who are enrolled in Accompanying Class taught by Dr. Hyunsoon Whang, professor and McMahon Endowed Chair in Music.
“Four-hand piano music - piano duet - is a fun and intimate way of making music,” Whang says. “Two pianists share one keyboard which can be challenging due to not having the entire keyboard to her/himself alone, but since two pianists sit so close together and are able to watch each other's hands, the ensemble is less difficult than other forms of chamber music. The popularity of piano duet dates back to the 18th century. Mozart grew up playing piano duets with his sister Nannerl, so it is highly appropriate that our program will begin with a piano duet written by Mozart.”
“One of my favorite parts about preparing for Soiree is preparing for the four-hand duets,” says DuPont. “I love the collaboration and the preparation beforehand and how the pieces use the piano to its full potential. One of the challenges, though, is to keep your partner in mind. No one pianist is the center of attention; each supports the other. It's like an orchestra - everyone knows their parts independently, but everyone needs to work as a team in order to present a beautiful product.”
November 6, 2018