2 Pianos, 4 Hands: Patterson, Robards Perform at the Keyboards

Husband-and-wife duo will play compositions from Tony Patterson’s new ballet CD.

Casey RobardsCasey RobardsTony Patterson and Casey Robards will perform a mix of two-piano music, including original dance pieces with members of the Third Coast Dance Company, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College.

Tickets for the concert in Presbyterian Hall are $15 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 husband-and-wife duo will play compositions from Patterson’s new ballet CD.

“I love to perform music with my wife,” says Patterson, artist-in-residence and choir accompanist at Alma College since 1995. “We play every summer at the Bay View Music Festival where we are on the faculty together.”

In addition to performance, Patterson regularly arranges music for choral, instrumental and piano chamber ensembles. His piano playing has taken him around the world, leading him to record six albums for Chérie Noble (Brio Recordings), four of which are his own compositions.

Tony PattersonTony PattersonThis past November he performed Carmina Burana and Chichester Psalms with the National Chorale at New York City’s Lincoln Center.

Robards, a member of the music faculty at Central Michigan University, is known for her versatility and sensitive musicality. She has given recitals with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America and Asia. She performs a variety of genres, including solo piano, chamber music, art song, opera, musical theatre, the Negro spiritual, gospel and newly composed works.

In November 2017, Robards made her Carnegie Hall debut accompanying Christian Smith in a recital of newly arranged Top 40 hits reinterpreted as art song.

Story published on March 07, 2018