SummerPiano at Purchase College presents a showcase of outstanding musicians from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Concerts are July 8, 13, 20 at 7:30 PM in the Recital Hall of the Music Building. Admission is free.
The concerts are sponsored by the Bianca Fund.
Pete Malinverni kicks off the series on July 8 with an evening of Jazz and Conversation. A top-selling recording artist and Conservatory Professor, he performs at New York’s leading clubs. He will perform original compositions and his unique arrangements of standards from the Great American Songbook. He believes the best art involves an exchange between performers and audiences. He will deliver musical and personal background for each piece and will take questions, bringing his audience into the performance, enriching their experience in the process.
The July 13 concert will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms.
Ivan Tan will perform Bach’s third Partita and Berg’s Sonata. Daniel Colaillo will play Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata and two Scriabin Etudes. Daniel Pereira will perform short works by Schubert, and Pablo Encalada will play Brahms Handel Variations..
The July 20 concert will include selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Schumann, Ravel, Strauss and others.
Ms. Suki Guerrier will perform solo works by Lamothe and will appear with soprano Coleen Beaumont in works by Poulenc and Faure in addition to Gershwin. Ms. Hae Eun Baek will perform works by Schumann and Dorman and Jeb Dennis will perform Ravel’s Ondine and Evlers transcription of Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz.
PETE MALINVERNI is a faculty member in jazz studies at Purchase College and leads the Soul Voices Gospel Ensemble. He is a highly respected pianist on the local and national club scene, as well as a concert performer both here and abroad. He has been church musician at the Devoe Street Baptist Church in Brooklyn since 1993 and is also pianist and conductor of the Westchester Reform Temple. His current CD is the critically acclaimed Invisible Cities. Malinverni received his master of music degree from Purchase College and his Bachelor’s degree from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam.
DANIEL PEREIRA was born in Spain where he received his degree in Piano with highest honors. He earned a Master’s degree at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford and earned an Artist Diploma in piano at Purchase College with Paul Ostrovsky. He has participated in piano festivals and master classes in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Brazil and the United States, where he performed as soloist and chamber musician. He founded the Piano Friends Society in Spain, was artistic director of the International Piano Festivals Conde de Gondomar from 2000-2005, and was appointed co-director of the Vianden International Music Festival in 2009 where he also performed solo and in klezmer ensembles.
PABLO ENCALADA, a native of Ecuador, began his musical studies with his mother at age 5. He made his debut at age 12 as a soloist with the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra and in recitals is several cities in Ecuador. He was a finalist of the Interlochen Concerto Competition in Michigan in 2005 and won second prize at the “Claudio Arrau” International Piano Competition in Chile. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Cuenca and received a Fulbright Scholarship to complete his Master’s Degree at Purchase College where he studied under Paul Ostrovsky. He was appointed pianist of the Chamber Music Sextet of the University of Cuenca in 2003 and has held teaching positions at the Conservatory. His engagements in the coming year include recitals sponsored by Cuenca’s city government, a performance at the International Festival of pianists in Ecuador and performances at other international competitions. An avid scholar, he complements his piano career with studies in philosophy, aesthetics as well as courses in orchestra conducting, and languages.
HAE EUN BAEK has won numerous competition awards including the Empire State Competition, the Invitational Scholarship Competition and Piano Concerto Competition at Nyack College and the South Carolina Festival Award. She has participated in many summer music festivals including the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, and the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. She received her Master’s Degree from Purchase College as a student of Stephanie Brown. She has performed in the master classes of such distinguished artists as Ann Schein, Anthony Newman, Victor Rosenbaum, Jose Ramos Santana and the Daedlus Quartet.
JEB DENNIS, Stamford, CT, is a pianist and organist who recently received his Master’s Degree from Purchase College. He received his undergraduate degree in piano performance from the Indiana University of Music and continued private study with several artists before starting a private teaching studio and concert management company. In 1998 he studied organ performance with pianist/organist Randall Atcheson and is currently Atcheson’s associate music director and organist at Stanwich Congregational Church, Greenwich CT. He received his Masters’s Degree from Purchase College as a student of Stephanie Brown. He has a large and varied repertoire and regularly collaborates with classical and non-classical artists.
DANIEL COLALILLO will be a junior at Purchase and has been playing piano for the past 5 years. A student of Paul Ostrovsky, he has performed in dozens of recitals and has played at Carnegie Hall. This summer he is attending Piano Summer at New Paltz.
COLEEN A. C. BEAUMONT, a native New Yorker, began singing at the age of two and performed with The Beaumont Sisters, a gospel group including her older sisters that appeared throughout the tri-state area. She attended the Professional Performing Arts School and received her undergraduate degree from Purchase College. She earned a Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She has performed numerous operatic roles and was a resident artist with the Dicapo Opera. In the fall of 2009 performed with the Harlem Jubilee Singers, touring through Mexico and South America where she performed scenes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, spirituals and hymns. She is currently part of the National 75th Anniversary Tour of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Future engagements with the Harlem Jubilee Singers include concerts in Spain, Argentina and Uruguay this summer and fall.