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Larksfield Steinway Recital Series - Richard Messner, jazz piano

Larksfield Steinway Recital Series - Richard Messner, jazz piano

Location: Larksfield Place Auditorium

Thursday, October 11 2018 7:00 PM


Native Wichitan Richard Messner began his jazz studies early:  Learning percussion technique from noted WSU professor Dr. J.C. Combs at the age of 9.  An interest in piano followed, with studies at Oklahoma City University, and later at WSU, where he earned a BM in Piano Performance.  Richard has always been intrigued by the structure of classical music, and the comparison it bears to the structure of American jazz music.  He is currently working towards an MM Piano (at WSU), with an interest in proving by interdisciplinary study the similarities between Chopin's music and contemporary jazz.  He particularly desires to show the relationship that improvisational composition has in creating music of both periods.  Richard and his wife, Amber, have 11 children, most of whom have pursued degrees in music and/or are currently studying the arts.  Their interests range from jazz and pop to classical and gospel, on instruments as diverse as guitar, violin, piano, percussion, and flute.  They have frequently performed with their father in area churches and other venues.

 

Program
Where is Love (from "Oliver") ............... Lionel Bart ................................. 1960
Night and Day .......................................... Cole Porter .............................. 1932
Here's That Rainy Day.............................. Jimmy Van Heusen .................. 1953
Somewhere Over the Rainbow ............ Harold Arlen.............................. 1939
Stella By Starlight .................................... Victor Young.............................. 1944
Praise To The Lord Thee Almighty......... Joachim Neander ..................... 1680
Abide With Me .......................................... Henry Francis Lyte .................. 1847
Moon River ................................................ Henry Mancini ........................ 1961