Summer Happenings

Summer Happenings: Getting ready for a residency at the DakotaSky International Piano Festival ( In my sixth year as Director of Children's Education, our interactive concert series and original programs will focus on the music of Claude Debussy, Robert Schumann, and John Cage (I'll be playing, for the very first time, a series of pieces for Prepared and Toy Pianos). I am excited about serving on the faculty of the Young Artists Program and working with mezzosoprano Emily Lodine on the premiere of a new song cycle by David Xenaxis. Stay tuned for updates and photos via Twitter and Instagram @joseherstrada
The programs: 

Moonlight Songs 

Hear the shimmering colors of the moonlight as drawn by Beethoven, Debussy, and Satie. Let’s discover how notes and sounds come together to stir up a world of imagination.

Scenes of Childhood

Schumann’s feelings on his childhood come alive in a dozen short pieces evocating fond memories filled with games and dreams. Come hear a Curious Story or reminisce on good times At the Fireside.

Telling the Story

How can music tell a story? Let us unveil the secrets that composers may use to organize musical thoughts. Mozart and Haydn discovered these early on, will you?

Happy Birthday Mr. Cage! 

Join us in celebrating the music of an American philosopher and composer. We’ll hear some of the wittiest musical compositions ever devised. Be ready for countless surprises, and a bit of silence! 

John Cage (1912-1992) in 1981. 

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