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Tuesday, January 25, 2005 Flying Fingers!

Colleague Robin McCabe joins Craig Sheppard in a recital for both four-hands (at one piano) and Two Pianos in Meany Theater, Seattle. 7:30 p.m.. Program to include the Schubert Fantasy in F minor, les Danses Andalouses by Manuel Infante, the Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, and the suite from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, arranged by Percy Grainger.
 
Sunday, January 30, 2005
3:00 pm
Rialto Theater, Tacoma
Tide of Hope

Craig Sheppard performs Mozart's Piano Concerto #24 in C minor, K.491, with the Northwest Sinfonietta conducted by Christophe Chagnard in a benefit concert for the victims of the recent tsunami in southern Asia. The all-Mozart program also includes the Serenade No.11 in E flat, K.375, and the "Paris" Symphony No. 31 in D, K.297. Come and help support this very worthy cause.
 
Saturday & Sunday,
April 9 & 10, 2005
Chopin Extravaganza!

Chopin Piano Concerti Nos. 1 and 2.
Craig Sheppard performs both concerti at each concert with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Silverstein. Nordstrom Recital Hall/Benaroya Hall, Seattle. Starting times 8 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. respectively. Sheppard begins each program with the F minor Fantasy, Opus 49, then the Piano Concerto #2 in F minor, Opus 21. The Piano Concerto #1 in E minor, Opus 11, comes after the intermission. (Read the Seattle Times review of these concerts.)
 
Monday, May 9, 2005 Music of Remembrance
(Spring Concert)


In Defiance!

7:30 p.m. Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall Craig Sheppard joins colleagues Jeannie Wells Yablonsky (violin), Laura DeLuca (clarinet), and Mara Finkelstein (cello) in David Schiff's Divertimento from Gimpel the Fool (1985).
 
Saturday,
June 11, 2005
Liberty Theater Astoria, Oregon 7:30 p.m. Craig Sheppard plays Mozart's Piano Concerto #23 in A, K.488, with the Northwest Sinfonietta conducted by Christophe Chagnard. This will be the first concert to take place in the newly renovated Liberty Theater, an occasion you won't want to miss.
 
Celebrity Concert Series The Heifetz International Music Institute
Brewster Academy
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Thursday, June 30, 2005 Craig Sheppard plays his own version of Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue', plus the Three Preludes of Gershwin. Craig Sheppard also joins Marylou Speaker Churchill in a performance of the Five Melodies for Violin and Piano by Prokofieff.
Thursday, July 7, 2005 Sheppard plays Chopin C sharp minor Nocturne, Opus Posthumous, and Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata, Opus 53.
Thursday, July 14, 2005 in this concert, Craig Sheppard is joined by violinists Magdalena Richter and Marylou Speaker Churchill, violist Karen Ritscher, and cellist Uri Vardi in a performance of Schumann's Piano Quintet.
Thursday, July 21, 2005. At this concert, Craig Sheppard joins colleagues Martha Strongin Katz and Timothy Eddy in performances of Bach's G Major Sonata for Viola and Piano and Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano. Following the intermission, Sheppard is joined by Heifetz Institute founder, violinist Daniel Heifetz, and Linda Moss Eddy (viola) and Timothy Eddy (cello) in the Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor, Opus 25. You won't want to miss this great work, with its well-known Zingarese last movement played by four terrific chamber musicians
 
Seattle Chamber
Music Festival
Overlake School in Redmond
Friday, August 5, 2005 Craig Sheppard opens the popular 7 p.m. Recital Series with Chopin's Fantasy in F minor, Opus 49, and the Barcolle, Opus 60. On the 8 p.m. chamber music concert, he is joined by oboist Nathan Hughes and violist Phillip Ying in Loeffler's Two Rhapsodies.
Friday, August 12, 2005 In this concert, Craig Sheppard is joined by colleagues Erin Keefe, violin, and Amos Yang, cello, for Beethoven's Ghost Trio, Opus 70 #1. A concert you won't want to miss.
 
Tuesday,
November 1, 2005
Best of Bach: The Six Partitas, BWV 825--830. Meany Theater, University of Washington. 7:30 p.m. For tickets, called 206 543 1201 (the School of Music), or the Meany Hall box office at 206 543 4880.

Craig Sheppard inaugurates a new series of recitals over the next couple of seasons, dedicated to many of Bach's greatest keyboard compositions. In this first recital, he performs the Six Partitas from the Klavier・ung.
Saturday, December 3, 2005
2:30 p.m.

The Frye Museum
704 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
(tel. 206 622 9250)
(this concert is free to the public)
Music of Remembrance (www.musicofremembrance.org)

Craig Sheppard is joined by colleagues Julie Mirel (mezzo-soprano), Erich Parce (baritone), Laura DeLuca (clarinet), Mikhail Shmidt (violin), Mara Finkelstein (cello) and Jonathan Green (double bass) in Paul Schoenfield's powerful and fiendishly difficult settings of five poems written by Aleksander Kulisiewicz in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp during World War II. Kulisiewicz, who survived the camps, has left a searing testimonial to the brutality and inhumanity of that era.
 
Saturday, January 28, 2006
7:30 p.m.

Meany Theater
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
(tickets 206 543 4880)
A vocal recital with Carol Vaness and Vinson Cole (www.music.washington.edu)

Craig Sheppard and colleague (and School of Music Director) Robin McCabe are the pianists for an evening of vocal splendor with opera stars extraordinaire Carol Vaness, soprano, and Vinson Cole, tenor, both members of the University of Washington School of Music faculty. Included on the program will be Beethoven's Ah! Perfido, Liszt's Petrarch sonnets, and the last act of Bizet's Carmen. Opera lovers and concert goers alike won't want to miss this concert!
 
Thursday, February 9, 2006
7:30 p.m.

Meany Theater
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
(tickets 206 543 4880)
Happy Birthday, Wolfgang!(www.music.washington.edu)

As part of the 250th anniversary celebrations of Mozart's birth, Craig Sheppard, Robin McCabe and other colleagues from the School of Music are joined by their students in an evening devoted to the great master from Salzburg. In addition to well-known four-hand piano works, Sheppard appears with colleagues Ron Patterson, Melia Watras, and Toby Saks in a performance of the G minor Piano Quartet, K.478
 
Sunday, February 12, 2006
3:00 p.m.

LaSells Steward Center for the Performing Arts
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
Brahms Piano Concerto #1 in D minor, Opus 15 (www.symphony.peak.org)

Craig Sheppard performs this concert favorite with the Corvallis/OSU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marlan Carlson. Included on the program are the Bartered Bride Overture by Smetana and the Shostakovich Symphony #9.
 
Saturday, February 18, 2006
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sherman Clay
1624 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
(tel. 206 622 7580)
Northwest Chopin Society

Craig Sheppard gives a master class for the Northwest Chopin Society
 
Saturday, March 4, 2006
2:30 p.m.

The Frye Museum
704 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
(tel. 206 622 9250)
Music of Remembrance (www.musicofremembrance.org)

Craig Sheppard is joined by colleagues Laura DeLuca and Mara Finkelstein in the haunting Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Cello, Opus 3, by Alexander Zemlinsky.
 
Thursday, April 27, 2006
7:30 p.m.

Meany Theater
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
(tickets 206 543 4880)
Best of Bach: The Two and Three-Part Inventions, BWV 772-801

Craig Sheppard continues his highly acclaimed Best of Bach cycle with the Two and Three Part Inventions, originally known as the Aufrichtige Anleitung (roughly translated, this means A Father's Honest and Sincere Instructions!). These were the first works that Bach composed for his children and early students as a means toward developing effective and inventive voice-leading at the keyboard. These fascinating little pieces figure perennially in the pedagogy of younger students, yet are rarely performed by a major artist in public. Piano teachers in the Puget Sound area will want to bring along their students to hear this once-in-a-lifetime experience. There might even be a few extra surprises on the evening...
 
May 14-22 Tour of Japan

Craig Sheppard makes a return visit to Japan, including recitals in Chigasaki and Kyoto. Stay tuned to this website for further details.
 
June 23 - July 15 The Heifetz International Music Institute (www.heifetzinstitute.org)

Craig Sheppard continues his annual residency at the Heifetz International Music Institute, held at Brewster Academy on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Private lessons and master classes for gifted young pianists are combined with the highly acclaimed Celebrity Concert Series, featuring Sheppard and other well-known faculty members. Details coming soon.
 
Best of Bach Stay tuned for announcements concerning The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I and II, to be performed by Sheppard during 2006 and 2007 in Seattle's Meany Theater.



 


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