GROTON -- Barbara Lieurance will perform a recital of both bowed and traditional piano on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Edward B. Gammons Recital Hall at the Groton School. The public is welcome.
In her program, Lieurance will champion the compositional tour-de-force "Rhapsodies" by C. Curtis-Smith -- the first piece ever written for bowed piano -- along with the jazzy dodecaphonic "Sonata" by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, bringing pianistic virtuosity of an entirely new kind to the concert hall. Piano bows are made of monofilament fishing line and allow the pianist to stroke rather than hit the strings, creating fresh new sounds.
Known for her innovative performances and her daring programming, Lieurance has brought new music to concerts halls around North America and Europe. Recently she performed solo piano and chamber works of Meinrad Schütter in Switzerland, in a festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of Schütter's birth. She was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre in Canada and a guest artist for the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, introducing Michigan schoolchildren to avant-garde music.