Music Program Presents
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
A Conversation with Marcus Roberts
Bard College is delighted to announce the appointment of jazz pianist and composer Marcus Roberts, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Music. Professor Whitney Slaten will host him in an interview, which is the beginning of a series of online masterclasses that Roberts will offer. This discussion will highlight features of Roberts work, as well as invite Roberts to address inquires from students across divisions of the College and the Conservatory.
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm EST/GMT-5
Pianist/composer Marcus Roberts has been hailed “the genius of the modern piano." In 2014, the celebrated CBS News television show 60 Minutes profiled his life and work on a segment entitled “The Virtuoso.” The show traced Roberts’s life to date from his early roots in Jacksonville and at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind to his remarkable career as a modern jazz musician. In addition to his renown as a performer, Roberts is also an accomplished composer who has received numerous commissioning awards, including ones from Chamber Music America, Jazz at Lincoln Center, ASCAP, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Savannah Music Festival, which cocommissioned him to write his first piano concerto—Spirit of the Blues: Piano Concerto in C-Minor (2013). In 2016, Roberts premiered his second piano concerto (Rhapsody in D for Piano and Orchestra) at the Ozawa Music Festival in Matsumoto, Japan, which was commissioned by the Seiji Ozawa and the Saito Kinen Orchestra. Roberts is an associate professor of music at the School of Music at Florida State University. He holds an honorary Doctor of Music degree from The Juilliard School.
For more information, call 845-758-6822, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit https://bard.zoom.us/j/81331509617?pwd=RGxXVm16ckhmZzQxcC9LaUo2UkZIZz09.
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm EST/GMT-5
Location: Online Event