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Pianist Robert Satterlee to Premier Rzewski's "Second Hand, or Alone at last" in Pomona College Performance

Accomplished and versatile pianist Robert Satterlee will present a recital of music by distinguished American composer Frederic Rzewski on Saturday, April 1, at 8 p.m. in the Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth Street, Claremont).

The concert will feature the world premiere of Rzewski’s “Second Hand, or Alone at Last,” described as “six novelettes for piano, left hand,” which was commissioned by the Meet the Composer organization. The concert will also include Rzewski’s “Four Pieces for Piano” and “De Profundis, for speaking pianist.” Rzewski, best known for his set of variations for solo piano titled “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” was a founder, in the mid-sixties, of the MEV (Musica Elettronica Viva) group, which quickly became known for its pioneering work in live electronics and improvisation. Bringing together both classical and jazz avant-gardists (like Steve Lacy and Anthony Braxton), MEV developed an esthetic of music as a spontaneous collective process. Since then, many of Rzewski’s works have featured overtly political and improvisational elements. Rzewski’s largest-scale work to date is The Triumph of Death (1987-8), a two-hour oratorio based on texts adapted from Peter Weiss' 1965 play Die Ermittlung (The Investigation).

Satterlee, an incisive and imaginative pianist, plays regularly throughout the United States. Music of our time plays an important role in his performing activity, and he has given premieres of several works. He has been heard in radio broadcasts nationwide, most notably on Minnesota Public Radio, and has participated in many music festivals including the Aspen Festival, the Banff Centre, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Festival at Sandpoint. He recently performed in Sweden and Holland and has toured with the group "Bach Four.”

Satterlee has been awarded prizes in many competitions, among them honors in the St. Louis Symphony Young Artists Competition. He is a member of the piano faculty of Bowling Green State University in Ohio and holds degrees in piano from Yale University, Peabody Conservatory, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

This concert is open to the public, and there is no charge to attend. The event is sponsored by the Pomona College Music Department. For more information, contact (909) 621-8155.