ROCK LEGEND KEITH EMERSON'S RARELY PLAYED CLASSICAL COMPOSITION
"PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1" AFTER 31 YEARS GETS NEXT COMMAND
Rock-and-Roll's legendary keyboard artist, Keith Emerson, from
the iconic group, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, composed his own
classical 'Piano Concerto no. 1' in 1977, which will be
performed for the first time in the USA in decades on April
13th by the internationally renowned pianist, Jeffrey Biegel.
Historically, Mr. Emerson recorded his piano concerto with
the London Philharmonic for the 1977 ELP release titled,
'Works' featuring Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Mr. Emerson has
performed the concerto worldwide, including Madison Square
Garden in New York, and in Montreal. The final movement of
the piano concerto is featured in a classic YouTube video
with Mr. Emerson performing it in Montreal in 1977.
Fast forward 31 years later: the internationally renowned pianist,
Jeffrey Biegel, has performed all of the standard piano
concerti with orchestras worldwide, and has premiered
several new concerti composed for him by today's most
important composers, including Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Charles
Strouse, Lowell Liebermann, and for 2009 and 2010,
works by Richard Danielpour and William Bolcom respectively.
Thanks to the inspiration from his friend, the brilliant
producer, composer, and arranger, David Foster, Mr. Biegel ventures
into the pop world with fire and excitement. His publisher
at Theodore Presser ignited his interest in Keith Emerson's
'Piano Concerto no. 1' . As a result, the two have become
close friends and esteemed colleagues.
On April 13th, Keith Emerson's 'Piano Concerto no.
1' makes a bold re-appearance, since Emerson's own
performances in 1977, with Mr. Biegel as soloist at the
Krannert Center at the University of Champaign-Urbana, with
the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Steven
Larsen. Mr. Emerson plans to attend this performance. Mr.
Biegel also performs Leroy Anderson's 'Concerto in C',
composed in 1953. Mr. Biegel has been the leading exponent
of this work, having recorded it with Leonard Slatkin
conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra for the Naxos label.
This cd celebrates the 2008 centennial of the birth of Leroy
Anderson, released to critical acclaim in January, 2008.
For more information, please contact the Champaign-Urbana Symphony:
701 Devonshire Drive C-24
Champaign, IL 61820
and you may also visit Mr. Biegel's web site
Jeffrey Biegel and Keith Emerson