Library program will preview weekend recital at Smith Opera House
“Thirty Happy Years,” a lecture and demonstration by internationally known pianist and composer Roger Steptoe, will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17 in the library's Geneva Room.
Sponsored by the HWS Department of Music, the concert will feature Steptoe's work, and selections highlighting his life in music, his life in France, and a preview of his downtown recital three days later.
Widely known as a composer and respected teacher, Steptoe is also an accomplished concert pianist with a repertoire embracing classical and contemporary works, with many premieres to his name. In addition to solo recitals, he has worked extensively as a chamber musician and with singers. He has presented concerts throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, and has been a guest artist at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
The most recent CD of his own music is available on the Paris Explora Concept label, and features the “Sinfonietta for Organ and Strings,” performed by Olivier Latry and the organ of Notre-Dame, Paris; the “Oboe Concerto” with Nora Cismondi, soloist with the Orchestre National de Paris; and the “Seven Miniatures for Piano Trio,” with the Trio Magellan. Jerome Devaud conducts the Forum Sinfonietta, Paris.
Since 1999, Steptoe has lived in Uzerche in the Limousin region of central France, and teaches musical erudition at the conservatory in Brive-la-Gaillarde.
Thursday's program is free and open to the community.
Steptoe will present a full piano recital, sponsored by American Landmark Festivals and featuring selections by Beethoven, Brahms, Hindemith, and rarely heard piano works by Bridge and Vaughan Williams, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20 at The Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva. Tickets for the recital are $15 general admission and $7 for students and senior citizens and will be available at the door.