In this faculty recital, pianist Edward Neeman presents a program uniting the music of Cuba and the United States—two countries separated by only 150 kilometres of ocean but seemingly drifting further apart. The program includes Juan Piñera’s passionately dark El río que te ha de conducir a la nada, written especially for Edward and premiered by him in Havana in 2016. The infectious rhythms of Cuba permeate Ernesto Lecuona’s popular Danzas afro-cubanas, and then these same rhythms are deconstructed in Ileana Perez Velazquez Encantamiento, in a blend of Cuban dancing and modernism. The Ballade by Amy Beach and Peccadilloes by Paul Schoenfield bring American music into the mix.
Ballade in D flat major, Op. 6 —— Amy Beach (1867–1944)
Peccadilloes (1996) (selections) —— Paul Schoenfield (b. 1947)