Hempy Keyboard Series
Each winter we offer a small selection of intimate piano concerts in our lobby. World-class musicians perform a show that highlights the beauty of piano and live music. Check out our 2020 Hempy Keyboard Series lineup and scroll down for more info and to purchase tickets.
Sunday, Jan 26, 2020
Canadian pianist, Elizabeth Clarke is an award-winning performer, teacher, and scholar. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Alberta Department of Music, and a Master of Music in piano from the University of Victoria. She currently teaches at Bradley University and is completing her doctorate in piano performance as well as a second master’s degree in music theory from Michigan State University. Her academic research has focused on Canadian music and that of French Romantic composer Louise Farrenc.
Sunday, Feb 9, 2020
Internationally acclaimed pianist, Haysun Kang, is recognized for her performances of elegance with a wide palette of colors. She has performed at concert venues throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, appearing extensively in solo recitals, chamber music concerts and as the soloist with major orchestras. A native of Korea, Kang earned her Bachelors degree in piano performance from Seoul National University. She received her Master of Music degree from DePaul University and Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern. She is currently a faculty member of Loyola University in Chicago. Haysun Kang’s playing has been described by the international press as “magnificent” and having “immaculate technique and flawless dexterity”.
Sunday, Feb 23, 2020
Southern Californian pianist, Jason Stoll, has garnered many praises and awards for his performances throughout his career. “…Stoll played with passion and power in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 – bringing a standing ovation…” (Nick Smirnoff – Tehachapi News.) Mr. Stoll is an international piano competition finalist, a lover of chamber music and member of ACE Trioso, and has performed with the genre bending trio, Take 3. Mr. Stoll holds degrees from California State University – Northridge, the Juilliard School, and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He has served on the faculty of the Bronx Conservatory of Music and is currently a piano instructor and lecturer at California State University – Northridge. During the 2019-2020 season, Stoll will perform a recital debut in Paris, chamber music and concerti across the United States and overseas.
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Bob Milne may be considered the best ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist in the world. At the conclusion of three days of interviews, being filmed and documented for future generations at the Library of Congress, he was declared a National Treasure. Mr. Milne is an active Musical Ambassador for the United States Department of State. Playing worldwide in concert halls since 1991, Milne averages 250 performances every year. His list of music festivals appearances is extensive and includes the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Eau Claire Ragtime Festival, Sacramento Ragtime Festive, plus many others. He is highly sought after for both his incredible piano playing and easy going, modest presentations.
Sunday, April 26, 2020
The SCA is thrilled to partner with the the Gilmore Keyboard Festival to present their 2020 Young Artist, Maxim Lando! Maxim is a 16 year old pianist who loves to make people smile. His passion for classical music has already set him on an exciting path of performing. Maxim’s most recent accolade is the prestigious 2020 Gilmore Young Artist Award, presented every two years to single out the most promising of the new generation of U.S. based pianists, age 22 and younger. Dedicated to making classical music accessible to his own generation, Maxim Lando has been featured on international radio and television programming. He first received international attention in 2017, appearing to perform the parts intended for Lang Lang’s injured left hand at Carnegie Hall’s Gala Opening Night; Chick Corea joined them for an unprecedented three-pianist version of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Mr. Lando won First Prize and four special prizes at the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He has performed with major orchestras of the world including symphonies of Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver, Hawaii, throughout Russia, Kazakhstan, Israel, and China. In 2020 Mr. Lando will also appear as soloist with the Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, and the Westmoreland, Lansing, Fort Smith, and Wheeling Symphonies. He opens the 2019-20 Young Concert Artists Series with recital debuts at Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center. Maxim Lando is the 2019 Artemisia Laureate, an Artemisia Akademie Fellow at Yale University alumnus, and winner of the Gold Medal at the 2017 Berlin International Music Competition. He is a proud alumnus of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, and has been a student at Juilliard Pre-College since the age of 11. This rising star’s special guest performance in Saugatuck is a BONUS Hempy Keyboard Series event.