Pianist offers master class, concert on May 13

Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury residents, local students and community invited

Mackey photo 2Get ready for romance, but also a little nod to motherhood when pianist Lynne Mackey returns to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury for her popular piano forum and concert on May 13.

Mackey has performed solo recitals, concertos and chamber music, and she has given master classes in the United States, Brazil, Morocco and Europe. She has performed and worked with RWC pianists several times over the years – too many times to remember!

“The Romantic Spirit” is the theme for her solo piano recital at 4 p.m. in the auditorium. She will play music of composers Frédéric Chopin, Johannes Brahms and Sergei Rachmaninoff. A highlight of the recital is the Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, by Johannes Brahms. This is a work of grand scope and dazzling variety. According to renowned music scholar Sir Donald Tovey, "...it is among the half dozen greatest sets of variations ever written."

Mackey’s performance is underwritten in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

“I will also play something to commemorate Mother’s Day,” Mackey said. “I selected ‘Changes’ by Canadian composer Alexina Louie, to examine what it’s like to be a mother and hold up a musical career as well.”

lynne mackey bachfestival 300x200She will open the day at 10 a.m. with a piano forum master class for pianists and music lovers.

“I try to get together with some of the residents who play piano or have had a lot of involvement in music,” Mackey said. “Some people may wish to play, but others simply enjoy relating experiences they’ve had. We always get a nice mix of people – some who play by ear and some who have studied piano.”

Residents, students and community members are invited to participate in the 10 a.m. piano forum and to enjoy Mackey’s 4 p.m. recital in Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury’s Auditorium, 132 Lancaster Dr. in Irvington. Interested music lovers should sign up at the Front Desk or call 438-4000 to attend.

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