UMF’s Steven Pane performs works by Beethoven and Mazzoli, October 4-5 – Daily Bulldog

Steven Pane
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FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce that music professor Steven Pane will perform Missy Mazzoli’s “Orizzonte” for electronic solo piano and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Opus 57 “Appassionata”.

Performances will take place at Nordica Auditorium in Merrill Hall on the UMF campus on Tuesday, October 4 at 6 p.m., with a rehearsal on Wednesday, October 5 at 11:45 a.m.

The concerts are free and open to the public. Each hour-long event will include a talk from Pane. The performance will be followed by a question and answer period.

Along with the Third and Fifth Symphonies, the Appassionata (1804-5) remains one of the best-known pieces of Beethoven’s middle or heroic period. The sonata offers dramatic emotional range by pushing the technical limits of both instrument and performer.

Mazzoli’s Orizzonte, (2005) for piano and electronics, consists of gently overlapping sine waves that set the stage for a meditative and introspective piano melody. This piece was composed for Hills Not Skyscrapers, a group dedicated to combining live electronics, composition and improvisation, founded by Missy Mazzoli in Amsterdam in 2004.

The sine waves were created using SuperCollider software. Orizzonte (“horizons” in Italian) was performed for the first time on a piano left out in the rain for a year, in a dilapidated squat hidden in the heart of Amsterdam.

Missy Mazzoli was recently considered “one of the most inventive and surprising composers currently working in New York” (The New York Times) and “the post-millennium Mozart of Brooklyn” (Time Out New York) and has been praised for her “apocalyptic imagination”. (Alex Ross, The New Yorker).

Mazzoli is Mead Composer-in-Residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and his music has been performed around the world. In 2018, she made history by becoming one of the first two women (along with composer Jeanine Tesori) to be commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera.

Pane’s career as a pianist and bandleader stems from his lifelong interest in the interdisciplinary study and performance of music. At UMF, her work often involves collaborations such as “Remnants,” a series of short films by Ann Bartges, inspired by JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations; “Lyric Time: Chopin’s Ballades and John Keats’ Odes” with poet Kristen Case; and Celestial Emporium with poet Jeff Thompson and artist Dawn Nye.

Pane gave the American premiere of Music for Mallarmé by Ana-Maria Avram at Harvard and UMF in 2010, and shares Avram and his partner Iancu Dumitrescu’s interest in phenomenology and music. Pane has performed at universities and major venues across the country, including the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Aaron Davis Hall in New York, Davies Hall in San Francisco, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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