Tuesday, September 16, 2014

World-class piano concert

Giancarlo Guerrero
Dr. Bill DeVan

Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend the Importance of Music in Education at 4pm on Sunday, September 21st.

The Brentwood Library Foundation presents the Steinway Piano Initiative with Special Guest speaker: Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero and Piano recital by Steinway artist Dr. William DeVan.

Come hear about the new Steinway initiative and how music impacts education. This is an opportunity to hear the Nashville Symphony's conductor close up. Plus, you get to hear a top-notch piano recital.

Registration is required and seats are limited. You may register online by clicking here or by phone at 615-371-0090 ext 8510.

Guerrero is the Music Director of the Nashville Symphony and concurrently Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency. His recordings with Nashville Symphony won GRAMMY® Awards in 2011 and 2012, including Best Orchestral Performance. A fervent advocate of contemporary music and composers, Guerrero has championed works by several of America’s most respected composers, including John Adams, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra and Richard Danielpour.
Dr. William DeVan received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Ania Dorfmann. DeVan won first prize in the international piano competition “Vianna da Motta” in Lisbon, Portugal in 1975. He continued his studies with Hans Leygraf at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany, and he received the Konzertexamen Diploma in 1979. He subsequently gave two tours of Portugal. In 1985 DeVan was invited to play a recital and give a series of master classes in Taiwan. In 1980 DeVan was named head of the piano faculty at Birmingham-Southern College. During the 1992 and 1993 concert seasons DeVan performed the thirty-two piano sonatas of Beethoven in a series of eight recitals held at Birmingham-Southern College. During the 1995-1996, season he performed the twenty-four Preludes and Fugues of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One, in a series of eight lecture-recitals in Birmingham. He has also performed in Paris, France, every other year since 1999. DeVan now travels throughout the United States giving concerts and piano workshops sponsored by Steinway. Recent appearances have been in Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, Kansas City, Nashville and San Francisco. In June 2004 he was named “Teacher of the Year” by the Alabama Music Teachers Association at their annual convention. He performed a recital and gave four master classes in Tainan, Taiwan, in May 2009. In March, 2010, he performed solo and collaborative recitals in Xiamen and Shanghai, China. Recitals in 2011 were in Paris, France, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. May 2011 he became a Professor Emeritus at Birmingham-Southern College. Dr. DeVan is a Steinway Artist and a Steinway Presenter. Registration is required. Sponsored by The Steinway Society of Nashville and The Brentwood Library.