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Artworks that inspired Adam Schoenberg’s Picture Studies

An hour before each of the SLSO’s mid-March 2024 “Romeo and Juliet” concerts, I will lead Pre-Concert Conversations. For these presentations (Saturday, 16 March, 6:30 p.m. & Sunday, 17 March, 2:00 p.m.), I’m honored that the renowned American composer Adam Schoenberg has agreed to join me onstage at the Stifel Theatre to discuss his 2012 orchestral work, Picture Studies, which the SLSO and The Big Muddy Dance Company will perform on these concerts.

Picture Studies is a “21st-century Pictures at an Exhibition” — like Modest Mussorgsky‘s 19th-century piano suite frequently performed in Maurice Ravel‘s splendid orchestration, Adam Schoenberg’s composition was inspired by several works of visual art. Picture Studies was commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Please find below links to the Nelson-Atkins Museum’s webpages for each of the artworks that provided the impetus for Adam Schoenberg’s musical responses:

1. Intro

Features the piano — a reference to Mussorgsky’s “Promenade” from Pictures at an Exhibition)

2. Three Pierrots

Albert Bloch (American, 1882 – 1961): Die drei Pierrots Nr. 2 (The Three Pierrots No. 2) (1911) — Oil on canvas

3. Repetition

Kurt Baasch (American, born Venezuela, 1891 – 1964): Repetition (1913) — Platinum print

4. Olive Orchard

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853 – 1890): Olive Trees (1889) — Oil on canvas

5. Kandinsky

Vasily Kandinsky (French, b. Russia, 1866 – 1944): Rose with Gray (1924) — Oil on pulpboard

6. Calder’s World

Alexander Calder (American, 1898 – 1976): Untitled (1936) — Painted metal, wood, and wire

7. Miró

Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893 – 1983): Women at Sunrise (1946) — Oil on canvas

8. Interlude (slightly varied reprise of the Intro)

9. Cliffs of Moher

Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese, born 1948): Atlantic Ocean, Cliffs of Moher (1989) — Triple-tone lithograph

10. Pigeons in Flight

Francis Blake (American, 1850 – 1913): Pigeons in Flight (1889) — Gelatin silver print
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Music at Maryville Spring 2024 Concert 3

Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp minor, op. 131 (1826)

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (completed 1853)

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 • 7:00 p.m. Maryville University AuditoriumDirections

Free Admission

The concert will not be live-streamed, and no recording will be available, so please consider enjoying this performance in person. Feel free to share this information with anyone you know who may be interested.

Artists

Kristin Ahlstrom, violin

Kristin Ahlstrom, violin
Kristin Ahlstrom, violin

Éva Kozma, violin

Éva Kozma, violin
Éva Kozma, violin

Shannon Farrell Williams, viola

Shannon Farrell Williams, viola
Shannon Farrell Williams, viola

Bjorn Ranheim, cello

Bjorn Ranheim, cello
Bjorn Ranheim, cello

Peter Henderson, piano

Peter Henderson, piano
Peter Henderson, piano

Musical Program

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, op.131 (1826) — ca. 45 minutes

Intermission

Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Les cloches de Genève (The Bells of Geneva): Nocturne from Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage), Première année: Suisse (First Year: Switzerland), S.160 (1848-54) — ca. 7 minutes

Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (ca. 1842-53) — ca. 30 minutes

Brief Program Note

Performed by artists from the St. Louis Symphony, this recital features two towering masterpieces from the nineteenth century: Ludwig van Beethoven’s epic String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, op. 131, and Franz Liszt’s iconic Piano Sonata in B minor. According to Robert Schumann, Beethoven’s late quartets “stand…on the extreme boundary of all that has hitherto been attained by human art and imagination.” Renowned for his pianistic brilliance and embrace of literary drama in music of harmonic daring, Liszt showed incredible ingenuity in synthesizing his personal idiom with several formal influences — including Beethoven’s — in his staggering, single-movement Piano Sonata in B minor. We hope you’ll join us this evening to enjoy performances of two highly significant instrumental works.

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Music at Maryville Spring 2024 Concert 1

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Winterreise (Winter Journey)

Sunday, February 4, 2024 • 3:00 p.m. Maryville University Auditorium • Directions

Free Admission

The concert will not be live-streamed, and no recording will be available, so please consider enjoying this performance in person. Feel free to share this information with anyone you know who may be interested.

Artists

Jeffrey Heyl, bass-baritone

Jeffrey Heyl, bass-baritone
Jeffrey Heyl, bass-baritone

Ann Choomack, flute

Ann Choomack, flute
Ann Choomack, flute

Peter Henderson, piano

Musical Program

Julius Schmid (1854-1935): "Schubertiade" (1897 oil painting)
Julius Schmid (1854-1935): “Schubertiade” (1897 oil painting)

Franz Schubert: Introduction and Variations on “Trockne Blumen” (“Withered Flowers”) for Flute and Piano, D. 802 (1824) — ca. 15 minutes

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Winterreise (Winter Journey), Song Cycle for Voice and Piano, D. 911 (1827) — Texts: Wilhelm Müller (1794-1827) — ca. 70 minutes

  1. Gute Nacht (Good Night)
  2. Die Wetterfahne (The Weathervane)
  3. Gefrorene Tränen (Frozen Tears)
  4. Erstarrung (Numbness)
  5. Der Lindenbaum (The Linden Tree)
  6. Wasserflut (Flood Water)
  7. Auf dem Flusse (On the River)
  8. Rückblick (A Look Backward)
  9. Irrlicht (Will o’ the Wisp)
  10. Rast (Rest)
  11. Frühlingstraum (Dream of Spring)
  12. Einsamkeit (Solitude)
  13. Die Post (The Mail)
  14. Der greise Kopf (The Old Man’s Head)
  15. Die Krähe (The Crow)
  16. Letzte Hoffnung (Last Hope)
  17. Im Dorfe (In the Village)
  18. Der stürmische Morgen (The Stormy Morning)
  19. Täuschung (Illusion)
  20. Der Wegweiser (The Signpost)
  21. Das Wirtshaus (The Inn)
  22. Mut (Courage)
  23. Die Nebensonnen (The False Suns)
  24. Der Leiermann (The Hurdy-Gurdy Man)

Brief Program Note

This concert will celebrate the art of Franz Schubert (1797-1828). While Schubert did not tend toward overt virtuosity in his instrumental works, his variations for flute and piano on his own, previously composed song Trockne Blumen (Withered Flowers) are a brilliant showcase for the skills of the instrumentalists. The concert will conclude with Schubert’s final completed art song cycle, Winterreise (Winter Journey). A song cycle is the classical music equivalent of a concept album, in which each song is integral to a larger idea. The generally bitter songs of Winterreise explore a common Romantic theme: a young person’s despair upon being rejected by a lover. It is widely accepted that, by the end of the journey, the protagonist has descended into madness. As is typical in Schubert’s songs, the piano’s texture is varied to match visual or other cues in each song’s text, creating an astoundingly varied tapestry. Schubert’s Winterreise is considered one of the pinnacles of the art song tradition.

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Last Maryville University concerts of Spring 2023

All free admission, in the Maryville University Auditorium

  • Friday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. — Student Recital 5 of 5
  • Friday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.Spring Concert: Notorious (Maryville’s Student A Cappella Group)
  • Saturday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.Senior Recital: Ashley McFarland
  • Sunday, April 23, 3:00 p.m.Music at Maryville 2022-23 Concert 5 of 5: Arianna String Quartet — Featuring works by Joseph Haydn, Frederick Tillis, and Felix Mendelssohn
  • Sunday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.Maryville University Faculty & Guests Recital: Chance Trottman-Huiet, tuba • Peter Henderson, pianoTrombones of the Saint Louis Symphony
  • Saturday, April 29, 4:00 p.m.Senior Recital: Hannah Fisher
  • Sunday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.Student Ensembles Concert: African Drumming Ensemble, University Chorus, Instrumental Ensembles
  • Monday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.Senior Recital: Breann Bartholomew
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Haydn piano concerto performances with the SLSO — Fri. 3/3 @ 7:30 p.m. & Sat. 3/4 @ 10:30 a.m.

My 2022-23 Haydn Project will soon conclude with culminating performances of Joseph Haydn‘s Keyboard Concerto No. 11 in D major, Hob. XVIII:11 (1784). I will perform the solo piano part of this work in St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) subscription concerts at Powell Hall conducted by Stephanie Childress on:

Program notes are available via this link.

If you’d like to hear this SLSO concert but can’t make it to Powell Hall this weekend, you’ll be able to tune into St. Louis Public Radio by clicking the play button near the top of their homepage on Saturday, March 4, at 8:00 p.m. CST (6:00 p.m. Pacific, 9:00 p.m. Eastern), and hear their broadcast of the March 4 morning concert. This broadcast will probably be offered only on the evening of Saturday, March 4 (it is unlikely to be available on demand).

Haydn Project 2022-23
Haydn Project 2022-23
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About Peter Henderson

Peter Henderson, pianist
Peter Henderson, pianist

A versatile pianist, Peter Henderson is active as a performer in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. Henderson is currently Associate Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Maryville University, where he has served on the faculty since 2005. In 2015, Henderson was appointed Principal Keyboardist of the Sun Valley Music Festival Orchestra. Prior to the 2023-24 season, Henderson was appointed to the Principal Keyboard position in the Saint Louis Symphony (SLSO) by Music Director Stéphane Denève.

During January and February 2016, Henderson was the piano soloist in the SLSO’s California tour performances of Olivier Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux étoiles… (From the Canyons to the Stars…). Critics described him as a “powerhouse soloist” (San Francisco Chronicle) and praised his Messiaen playing for its “intense focus and thrilling vibrancy” (San Jose Mercury News). In addition to his regular ensemble performances with the SLSO, Henderson often delivers pre-concert lectures, introducing subscription concert programs from Powell Hall’s stage.

Henderson’s discography includes collaborations with violinist David Halen, flutist Mark Sparks, bass trombonist Gerry Pagano, violist Jonathan Vinocour, and soprano Marlissa Hudson. His most recent solo album is A Celebration of African Composers for Piano (AMP AGCD 2706, released 2017).

Henderson also occasionally composes music and works as a recording producer. His work for trombone and piano entitled Rückblick (Looking Back) appears on Gerry Pagano’s album Solitude, released December 2018. Printed and electronic editions of the score of Rückblick were issued by Ascenda Music Publishing in January 2024.

Henderson is an advocate of new music, having given several premieres of solo piano and chamber works. He enjoys performing solo recitals exploring focused repertoire: during the 2011-12 season, he performed the thirty-two piano sonatas of Beethoven; in November and December 2012, he presented the complete piano works of Debussy; and in November 2013, he played Chopin’s twenty-seven études in a single concert.

Henderson holds the degree Doctor of Music from Indiana University, Bloomington, where his main piano instructor was Dr. Karen Shaw; he has also studied with Dr. Jay Mauchley at the University of Idaho. He and his wife Kristin Ahlstrom, the SLSO’s Associate Principal Second Violinist, live in Saint Louis with their lively, sweet beagle/terrier-mix, Zinni.

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Chance Trottman-Huiet, tuba • Peter Henderson, piano • Trombones of the St. Louis Symphony — Free Faculty / Guest Recital — Sunday 4/23/2023 @ 7:30 p.m.

Concert will take place in the Maryville University Auditorium (click link for directions)

Free admission • Donations gratefully accepted


Recital Program

Eugène Bozza (1905-1991): Aria (transcribed for Tuba and Piano)

Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Adagio and Allegro (transcribed for Tuba and Piano)

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Sonata for Bass Tuba and Piano (1955)

  1. Allegro pesante
  2. Allegro assai
  3. Variationen

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Four Little Prayers of St. Francis of Assisi (arr. Conrad Henning for Three Trombones and Tuba)

  1. Salut, Dame Sainte (Avec révérenece, tourjours lié)
  2. Tout puissant (Majestueux)
  3. Seigneur, je vous en prie (Très expressif et vervent)
  4. Ô mes très chers frères (Bien calme)

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (transcribed for Tuba and Piano)

  1. Allegro tristamente
  2. Romanza
  3. Allegro con fuoco

Chance Trottman-Huiet, tuba
Chance Trottman-Huiet, tuba

Performers

  • Chance Trottman-Huiet, tuba
  • Peter Henderson, piano
  • Tim Myers, trombone
  • Jonathan Reycraft, trombone
  • Christopher Bassett, bass trombone
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Haydn Project 2022-23

Haydn Project 2022-23

My 2022-23 music performance season will culminate with March 3 & 4, 2023, subscription concert performances with the St. Louis Symphony (SLSO) conducted by Stephanie Childress.

These SLSO concerts will feature Piano Concerto No. 11 by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809).

Leading up to these SLSO performances, I will also be exploring the vibrant musical legacy of Joseph Haydn by:

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10/7/2022 @ 7:30 p.m. — Music at Maryville 2022-23 Concert 1 of 5

Music at Maryville series

2022-23 Concert 1 of 5

Friday, October 7, 2022; 7:30 p.m.

Maryville University Auditorium (directions via this link)

Free admission • Donations gratefully accepted


Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Three Trios for Piano, Violin and Cello

Kristin Ahlstrom, violin

Bjorn Ranheim, cello

Peter Henderson, piano


Piano Trio No. 26 in C minor, Hob. XV:13 (1789)

  1. Andante
  2. Allegro spiritoso

Piano Trio No. 40 in F-sharp minor, Hob. XV:26 (1795)

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio cantabile
  3. Finale: Tempo di Menuetto

Piano Trio No. 43 in C major, Hob. XV:27 (1797)

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Presto

Program will also feature:

Haydn Project 2022-23
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Music at Maryville and other 2022-23 professional music performances

Music at Maryville series
Music at Maryville series

Spring 2023

  • Sunday, April 16, 2023, 3:00 p.m.Music at Maryville Concert 4 of 5: Music by Maryville Faculty Composers — World premieres of the first Music at Maryville commissioned work by David NalesnikPeter Henderson‘s Five Poems of John Wickersham, and portions of Scott Lyle‘s Missa Pro Defunctis; also featuring performances of original songs by Maryville faculty members Gabriel Colbeck, Jonathan FahnestockJesse Kavadlo, and John MarinoMaryville University Auditorium • Free admission; donations gratefully accepted
Haydn Project 2022-23
Haydn Project 2022-23

Fall 2022

  • Sunday, November 13, 2022, 3:00 p.m.Music at Maryville Concert 2 of 5: Adam Maness Combo plays Jazz Standards and Originals Maryville University Auditorium • Free admission; donations gratefully accepted