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UMF music teacher to play works by Beethoven, Mazzoli

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The University of Maine at Farmington recently announced that music professor Steven Pane plans to perform Missy Mazzoli’s “Orizzonte” for solo electronic piano and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Opus 57 “Appassionata”. Performances will take place in the Nordica Auditorium at Merrill Hall on the UMF campus at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, with a repeat at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5.

The free one-hour concerts are open to the public and will include a talk by Pane. The performance will be followed by a question and answer period.

Along with the Third and Fifth Symphonies, the Appassionata (1804-5) remains one of the best-known pieces of Beethoven’s middle or heroic period. The sonata offers dramatic emotional range by pushing the technical limits of both instrument and performer.

Mazzoli’s Orizzonte, (2005) for piano and electronics, consists of gently overlapping sine waves that set the stage for a meditative and introspective piano melody. This piece was composed for Hills Not Skyscrapers, a group dedicated to combining live electronics, composition and improvisation, founded by Missy Mazzoli in Amsterdam in 2004.

The sine waves were created using SuperCollider software. Orizzonte (“horizons” in Italian) was played for the first time on a piano left in the rain for a year, in a dilapidated squat hidden in the heart of Amsterdam.

Pane’s career as a pianist and bandleader stems from his lifelong interest in the interdisciplinary study and performance of music. At UMF, her work often involves collaborations such as “Remnants,” a series of short films by Ann Bartges, inspired by JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations; “Lyric Time: Chopin’s Ballades and John Keats’ Odes” with poet Kristen Case; and Celestial Emporium with poet Jeff Thompson and artist Dawn Nye.

For more information send an e-mail [email protected].

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