|Oct. 21, 2020
Program: ALEXANDER WU
Topic: "George Gershwin-An American Original"
This is part of a piano-talk series about the composer's life and music. Wu brings to life a unique collection of the composer's works, with recommended material for early intermediate and advanced students, from Gershwin's earlier piano pieces and Broadway songs to his serious iconic works that include Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris and a piano medley arrangement o the folk opera, Porgy and Bess. Wu's much anticipated All Gershwin CD will be released in 2020.
From the traditional to the jazz classics, Alexander Wu performs on the international stages as a piano soloist and chamber player. The Washington Post hailed Wu as " uncommonly attractive and entertaining... his introduction to each piece was handled beautifully as he maintains a comfortable balance of the planned and of the casual..." Wu has given numerous concerts, master classes and workshops on both coasts with performances in Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Rubinstein Atrium, Bard College, Merkin Hall, Walter Reade Theater, Bargemusic and many other will known venues. Internationally he has performed both as a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber player.
A California native, Mr. Wu resides and teaches privately in Manhattan and he has served on the faculty of City College at CUNY and as an Artist in Residence at the Black Bear Conservatory of Music in Pennsylvania.
|March. 17, 2021
Program LISA BASTIEN
Topic: "Bastien New Traditions: Strategies for Engaging Today's Piano Students"
Lisa Bastien began piano lessons at the age of four, studying with her mother, Jane Smisor Bastien. She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano performance from Drake University and her Master's degree in piano pedagogy from Arizona State University.
Lisa currently reside in New York City with her husband Basil Haness, where she maintains a full time teaching studio. From the 20th floor of her Manhattan apartment, Lisa has shared her love of music with her students for over 24 years. Lisa adores teaching piano and finding new ways to encourage and motivate her students. Collectively, the Bastien family has authored over 500 books that have taught millions of students worldwide how to play the piano.