September 10, 2013
Husband-and-wife duo Casey Robards and Tony Patterson perform at the piano keys in a concert that features light classical works including some of the world’s most well known tunes.
The Alma College performance takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 in the Remick Heritage Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students, and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
“Tony and Casey performed together at Alma a couple of years ago and received great reviews,” says Mike Sheldon, event coordinator for the Remick Heritage Center. “It’s a great treat to watch these very talented pianists performing together again.”
The program will include George Gershwin’s “Preludes,” music by Argentinean tango composer Astor Piazzolla, Kelly Hale’s arrangement of “Send in the Clowns” juxtaposed with a popular Rachmaninoff melody, a virtuosic treatment of themes from Bizet’s opera “Carmen,” and Patterson’s own arrangement of the energetic “Brandenburg Concerto in D major” by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Joining Casey and Tony for the Bach piece will be Alma College faculty Takeshi Abo (violin) and Tess Miller (flute).
Robards and Patterson met at the Bay View Music Festival in 1993. Between the two, they have performed classical recitals with singers and string, brass, wind and percussion players. They have been in orchestras, pit bands, rock bands, pick-up bands, smooth jazz groups, gospel choirs and cocktail bars.
Robards, a collaborative pianist faculty member at Central Michigan University and faculty pianist/vocal coach at the Bay View Music Festival, has previously been a postdoctoral vocal pianist at Oberlin Conservatory and faculty pianist/coach at Indiana University. She gives recitals regularly with singers and instrumentalists around the nation and has a research specialty on music by African-American composers.
Patterson, a music instructor and the popular accompanist for the Alma College Choir since 1995, has won multiple state and regional competitions for his musical talent. He has recorded a series of original compositions for dance with Cherie Noble (Brio Recordings) and regularly arranges music for choral, instrumental and piano chamber ensembles.