Popular Piano Duo To Perform Expressive Music
Husband-and-wife duo Tony Patterson and Casey Robards perform at the piano keys in a concert that features works from classical to jazz to music from the movies.
The Alma College performance takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4th in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall. 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.
The program will include the classical works of Johann Sebastian Bach, the gypsy music of Johanne Brahms, the melodies of George Gershwin and the musical signatures of Star Wars, James Bond and West Side Story.
Casey Robards and Tony Patterson with the choir in 2008.
Patterson and Robards 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.
“It will be a pleasure to share our musical collaboration with the Alma community,” says Patterson, a member of the music faculty at Alma College.
“We share a commitment to musical expressiveness and communication,” says Robards.
Patterson, a pianist since the age of three, 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.
In addition to serving as an instructor of music at Alma College, he is a faculty pianist at the Bay View Music Festival and has worked at the University of Charleston, West Virginia and Capital University.
Robards is a freelance accompanist, vocal coach and chamber music partner. Nationally, she has worked for several musical organizations, including Young Musicians Inc. (Evanston, WY), the Weathersfield Music Festival (Castleton, VT), the Plymouth Music Festival (Plymouth, MA) and the Studio Vocal Arts Institute, (Monticello, IL).
Currently she is a faculty pianist and vocal coach at the Bay View Music Festival and a doctoral candidate in vocal coaching and accompanying.
The couple’s past performances have included Saint-Saens’” Carnival of the Animals” and the Liebeslider Waltzes of Brahms.
Posted: Wed, January 26th, 2011 at 12:58AM