Piano recital to feature early 20th-century compositions

Music professor Philip Adamson will perform major piano works by composers Paul Dukas, Sergei Rakhmaninov, Alban Berg, Manuel de Falla and Frank Bridge in a recital Friday, February 28, entitled “5 in 10.”

Dr. Adamson says the pieces were all written between 1900 and 1910, a “particularly fascinating period” in Western culture.

“A new century was dawning: the automotive, film, and sound recording industries were in their infancy, and new means of musical expression were emerging as well,” he says. “In piano music, new styles were explored as the sonata principle continued to loosen its grip as a dominant vehicle for musical expression. Composers found inspiration in the natural world, in painting, poetry, and in localized musical traditions.”

The recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Mackenzie Hall Cultural Centre, 3277 Sandwich Street. Tickets are $15, with a student rate of $5, available at the door or in advance by phoning 519-253-3000, ext. 4212.