INNOVATION & AUDACITY
The Complete Piano Sonatas of Alexander Scriabin
PART 1: Friday, JANUARY 14th @ 8:00 PM
PART 2: Saturday, JANUARY 15th @ 8:00 PM
Kerrytown Concert House is honored to welcome the esteemed piano faculty of Bowling Green State University (Cole Burger, Sandra Coursey, Humay Gasimzade, Solungga Liu, Laura Melton, Robert Satterlee, Yevgeny Yontov) for two evenings highlighting KCH’s treasured Hamburg Steinway. The mystic and visionary Alexander Scriabin created one of the most compelling and beautiful body of piano works of any 19th century Russian composer. This is a rare chance to hear all of his piano sonatas in two concerts, from the early works reminiscent of Chopin to the later works in Scriabin’s unmistakably transcendent style.
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Part 1 Program – Friday, Jan. 14
Sonata No. 1, Op. 6 (1892)
Sonata No. 6, Op. 62 (1911)
Sonata No. 7, Op. 64 (“White Mass”) (1911)
Sonata No. 10, Op. 70 (1913)
Sonata No. 4, Op. 30 (1904)
Part 2 Program – Saturday, Jan. 15
Sonata No. 2, Op. 19 (Sonata-Fantasy) (1897)
Sonata No. 3, Op. 23 (1898)
Sonata No. 8, Op. 66 (1913)
Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 (“Black Mass”) (1913)
Sonata No. 5, Op. 53 (1907)
COVID-19 Safety Policy for Indoor Concerts
- Moving forward, all patrons and artists who wish to attend or present performances indoors at KCH must provide a valid, complete COVID-19 vaccination card OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within the previous 72 hours prior to entry. Such proof must be presented at concert check-in, may be displayed on a smartphone OR presented as a physical copy, and must also be accompanied by a matching, valid ID for verification.**
- Additionally, according to current CDC recommendations, masks are required for audiences inside the House and can only be removed when seated with a beverage (when available). When performing, artists may wear a mask, or not, at their own discretion.
**Proof of vaccination exceptions will be made for children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious beliefs that prevent vaccination. These guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours prior to entry.
Cole Burger teaches class piano and piano pedagogy at Bowling Green State University. He also teaches at Lutheran Summer Music and served for twelve summers on the faculty at Camp Encore/Coda. He was a guest professor at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, while a member of the Fulbright Specialist Roster, sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
As a solo and collaborative pianist, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Rome’s Teatro di Marcello, the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, the Goethe Institute in Bangkok, the American Cathedral in Paris, and the United States Ambassador’s Home in Malaysia. The American Record Guide calls his playing “both extraordinarily strong and achingly tender” in his CD, Beyond the Traveler: Piano Music by Composers from Arkansas. He has won prizes at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, the American Prize in Piano Performance, and the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Performance Competition. He has also organized and performed in various benefit recitals for non-profit organizations that have raised more than $60,000.
Dr. Burger holds degrees in piano performance and economics from Northwestern University and the University of Texas. His primary studies were with Anton Nel, David Renner, and Sylvia Wang, as well as masterclasses with Claude Frank, John Perry, and Douglas Humpherys. He also gratefully acknowledges Marcia Bostis, Sophia Gilmson, and Martha Hilley for their deep influence on his teaching.