Raymond T. Ryder
Pianist Raymond T. Ryder will perform pieces from J.S. Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Seventh Piano Sonata,” among others. courtesy photo

Pima Community College performing arts department presents music faculty Raymond T. Ryder in a solo piano recital featuring a selection of works by classic and modern composers who also were concert pianists.

The program includes pieces from J. S. Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier," and two transcriptions by 20th century composers Ottorino Respighi and Béla Bartók.

Though best known as a composer, Bartók toured extensively as a concert pianist. Three romantic pieces by Hungarian composer and concert pianist Ernst von Dohnányi called "Ruralia Hungarica" round out the first half of the recital.

The second half opens with "Six Preludes, Opus 6," by the late Robert Muczynski, a Tucson composer-pianist. Muczynski was on the faculty of the University of Arizona as composer-in-residence and chairman of the composition department from the 1960s until his retirement in 1988.

It is followed by Chopin's "Nocturne, Op. 27, No. 1 in C# minor," and Sergei Prokofiev's spellbinding "Seventh Piano Sonata," one of three piano sonatas dubbed war sonatas because Prokofiev composed them during World War II. Like Bartók, Prokofiev is best known as a composer, but also toured extensively as a concert pianist.

If you go

What: PCC Music-Raymond T. Ryder Piano Recital

Where: PCC Center for the Arts Recital Hall, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road

When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10

Tickets: $6, discounts available

For more info, call 206-6986 or visit www.centerforthearts@pima.edu.

 

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