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Clipper Erickson, “Ebony and Ivory”

November 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey is pleased to welcome award-winning pianist Clipper Erickson back to the 1867 Sanctuary with a program of piano music in the African-American tradition featuring Nathaniel Dett’s epic work of reconciliation and renewal – Eight Bible Vignettes and the world premiere of Boogie Lux by Laurie Altman. The concert will also feature music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Margaret Bonds and Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

Daniel Kepl discusses Clipper Erickson’s most recent recording, a 2CD set of the complete piano music of Nathaniel Dett for PARMA Records, and discusses his next 2CD project for PARMA, Tableau, Tempest, and Tango. www.performingartsreview.net

Clipper Erickson made his debut as a soloist with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra at age nineteen in Los Angeles. After studies at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and Indiana University with the renowned British pianist John Ogdon, his interpretations began earning prizes at international competitions including the Busoni, William Kapell, and the American Pianists Association. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in some of the most famous concert venues in the world, including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

In January 2016, Gramophone UK recognized Clipper’s disc of the complete piano music of African descent composer Nathaniel Dett, released in 2015 on the Navona label, as an editor’s choice, writing: “this historically and musically important release not only fills a crucial catalogue gap but sets reference standards. No serious aficionado of the history of American piano music can afford to miss it.” This CD is the latest in a long series of interpretations of American music from past and present to receive considerable critical acclaim. His powerful renditions of the great classical repertoire have been described as “colorful,” “powerful” and “exciting.” Typical is the Washington Post: “Like a true heroic pianist, Erickson approached Liszt with power, precision and Romantic abandon … A take-no-prisoners rendition.”

Erickson is active in premiering new piano works written for him; his most recent project is the premiering and recording of new works by Laurie Altman, including the immense and colorful Sonata 7, Tanzania, soon to be released on the NEOS label of Munich.

Through his work as a roster member of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and earlier in the Xerox Pianist Program of Affiliate Artists, he has performed for all types of community groups, always engaging audiences with illuminating commentary on his program repertoire. An important part of his mission is encouraging the love of music through commitment to education, performances in schools, master classes, and the inspiration of future generations of musicians. He currently teaches at Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, and Temple University in Philadelphia.

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed from PayPal if purchased online.)

**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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November 4, 2018
3:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map