First Congregational Church Music Director Performs Piano Recital
Music Director of the First Congregational Church, Keane Southard, will perform a recital entitled “Piano Music from Four Continents” on Sunday, May 13, 1 PM at the First Congregational Church in Walpole (15 Washington St).
The program will include works by John Foulds, Camargo Guarnieri, and by Southard himself. Admission is free although donations will be accepted.
As a pianist, Southard is committed to the performance of unknown and underperformed works and composers. “The piano repertoire is so vast,” says Southard, “that there are many wonderful pieces that haven’t made it into the standard repertoire yet deserve to be more well known. For the audience, it is a bit of a risk coming to a recital where you may not recognize the pieces or composers, but my hope is that people will walk out of the concert wanting to further explore these composers.” Additionally, Southard’s recitals include spoken insights, personal connections, and stories about the music and their composers to create an engaging and informal concert experience.
Southard has performed as a pianist across the country, including at conferences and festivals in Colorado, Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri. He has performed as a soloist in his own “Classical” Concerto with the Sounds of Stow Orchestra, and in his Concertino with the Northeastern State University Wind Ensemble. As a composer, he has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2016 Colorado State Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer Award, and 3rd prize in the Belvedere Festival Composition Contest. He was a Fulbright scholar studying music education in Brazil, has taught at Bennington College, and holds Masters degree in composition from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He will begin work on his PhD in music composition at the Eastman School of Music in the fall.
Southard will also perform the same program the night before, on Saturday, May 12, 7pm at the First Congregational Church – United Church of Christ at 77 Main St, Springfield, VT.
For more information about Keane Southard, please visit his website at keanesouthard.instantencore.com.