On October 20, Charles Ives' birthday, I performed his "Concord" Sonata, and "St Gaudens" (original piano version), with premieres by David Sanford and Marti Epstein at 7:30 pm, in a program titled "Other Transcendentalists."
In between pieces I chatted with Executive Director Kathleen Gagne, all from Worcester's Mechanics Hall, where Thoreau and Alcott gave impassioned (and illegal) pleas for John Brown, Emerson spoke on Transcendentalism, and Frederick Douglass prophesied on the abolitionist cause in preparation for forming the 54th regiment that is remembered in Ives's "St Gaudens."
David Sanford's brilliant new work, "Underground" is a tribute to Harriett Tubman, and Marti Epstein's magical piece "The Piano in the Palace Beautiful" is a tribute to Louisa May Alcott - Other Transcendentalists.
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View the performance here: https://youtu.be/zET6VxnPWA0
And more news of Mechanics Hall's commissioning of its first portraits of Frederick Douglass and William Brown click here.
"Flux, Ripple, Flutter" by John Aylward
Donald Berman is the featured artist on two of Sequenza 21’s list of best CDs of 2019.
George Perle Serenade for Piano and Orchestra
Donald has been nominated for a GRAMMY for his work with soprano Susan Narucki on The Edge of Silence (Avie 2019)
Between The Keys interview, WWFM, September 27, 2016
Bargemusic, May 15,2021
Bargemusic, May 31, 2019
Spring Concerts 2018
Fall 2017 Press Release
Rockport Chamber Music Festival
Barge Music, May 27, 2016 New Yorker Preview
American Masters - Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Charles Ives Birthday Concert
The Henschel Quartet Munich
Beijing Modern Music Festival
From the Lower East Side to Carnegie Hall
Reviews:Fanfare's Classical Recording Hall of Fame, August 2017
Transfigured Schönberg, Transcendent Shostakovich - Sept. 27, 2011
|Martin Boyken - Music for Piano
Donald Berman, piano
| Piano Concerto by Christopher Theofanidis
with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra
released November 2011
Scott Wheeler: Wasting the Night
Wonderful songs by Scott Wheeler featuring 4 fabulous singers: Susanna Phillips, Krista River, Joseph Kaiser, and William Sharpe
“Accompanying at the piano throughout [on Scott Wheeler’s CD of songs] is Donald Berman in one marvelously subtle performance after another, gracefully reciprocating the contrasting styles of the four singers while responding to the emotional ebb and flow of the material with perfectly pitched nuance and knowingness.” - Classical Review
Wheeler's music is imaginative, varied, pungent, lyrical...
Featuring U-Don Rock and Jamaica’s Songs
Americans in Rome: Music by Fellows of the
Fanfare has named "Americans in Rome: Music by Fellows of the American Academy in Rome" on its 2009 "Want List".
In 1997, the American pianist Donald Berman forced open three old file cabinets in a musty attic above the Janiculum, the highest hill within walled Rome, and found enough years of work for each of his 10 fingers...Berman is a terrific pianist... In short, an impressive resurrection.
San Francisco Classical Voice (June 2009)
"I cannot think of another set of recordings that so deftly and thoughtfully attempts an overview of the evolution of American art music, in all of its range and great energy."
FANFARE MAGAZINE (May/June 2009)
The four-CD set, Americans in Rome, attempts an overview of the evolution of American art music, in all of its range and great energy, with music from
the American Academy in Rome from 1929 and continuing to nearly the present.
With nearly five hours of material, the listener is tempted to answer the
very question of what defines American music. It may ultimately be
unanswerable, but it is an exhilarating journey nevertheless.
The Light That is Felt: Songs by Charles Ives
An American Voice, CD Reviews, Nov. 19, 2010
"There's probably no finer introduction to Ives's songs, or indeed to his output as a whole."
- Andy Hamilton, "Wire" February 2009
"From the first line of Songs my Mother Taught Me, I am captivated by this New World release"
- James North, FANFARE March 2009
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