Monday, June 20, 2016

A Concert for the Honored and Distinguished Mandela Fellows

Still I Rise:  A Concert of Piano Music by African-American Composers
June 28, 7pm
Horace Mann Auditorium
Reception Following the Concert

Dr. Deborah Nemko, Pianist
Faculty Bridgewater State University and New England Conservatory Piano Preparatory Division

Dr. Deborah Nemko  will perform a varied and exciting program of piano music including ragtime by Scott Joplin, an arrangement of the inspiring Wade in the Water by Mary Lou Williams, Momentum by Cuban-American Tania Leon.

Pianist Deborah Nemko is  Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands for her project, “Suppressed and Forgotten Dutch Composers of World War II.”  While established as an innovative interpreter of 20th and 21st century music she is at home playing the music of Maurice Ravel and Philip Glass as well as sonatas of Beethoven and ballades by Chopin. Reviews of her performances describe her “beautiful and incisive playing” and focus on her ability to embrace an audience with her warm sound and expressive intensity.   She regularly appears in concert throughout the United States and abroad as soloist and collaborative artist. Nemko has performed in prestigious venues including the Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center Shanghai  and the Bethanienklooster  in Amsterdam.  Her innovative recitals and workshops on Dutch Composers of the Holocaust have been in demand by organizations like Humanity in Action and workshops on Successful Performing have been given to professionals and students at Utrecht Conservatory, Baylor University and New England Conservatory.   In Taipei, Taiwan  Nemko  was recognized by the Taipei Times with violinist Annegret Klaua as the first musicians to give an outreach concert in the remote Taiwanese village of Alisan.   Nemko is a frequent recording artist; her recordings of the piano music of Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee and Grazyna Bacewicz are currently available and she is completing a project featuring works by Maurice Ravel.

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