Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Peter Henderson Performs '24 Studies in African Rhythms' of Fred Onovwerosuoke, 7:30 PM April 2 Christ Church Cathedral

[Fred Onovwerosuoke]

Composer Dr. Fred Onovwerosuoke tells AfriClassical this performance by pianist Peter Henderson will be a World Premiere performance of all 24 Etudes at one concert:

Saturday, April 2, 2011, 7:30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral
1210 Locust St.
Peter Henderson will perform The People United Will Never Be Defeated! by Frederic Rzewski and 24 Studies in African Rhythms by fellow St. Louisan Fred Onovwerosuoke. The People United is a theme and 36 variations on “El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido,” a song from the Unidad Popular coalition in Chile. Extended techniques and technically demanding passages build to frequent, forceful climaxes.

Mr. Henderson is a strong advocate of new music, having given several premieres of solo piano works over the past several years. In addition to solo recitals, Henderson has performed with noted German violist Roland Glassl, the Ilex Piano Trio, the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

“In the classical music crowd in St. Louis, Henderson is a name to conjure with – up there with David Robertson, the musical director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, who makes use of Henderson’s talents often. Onovwerosuoke, who produced and executive-produced this recording, selected an exciting variety of tunes and tempos for Henderson’s expert hands.” –Chris King, St. Louis American

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