Famed classical pianist Jackson to perform here

May 06, 1994|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun

New Wave of Entertainment's "Showcase of Stars" will be showcasing a special star indeed next Thursday, when classical pianist Raymond Jackson performs at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Dr. Jackson, a professor of music at Howard University, has concertized internationally as a recitalist and orchestral soloist to great critical acclaim.

"A masterly talent . . . he will conquer concert halls all over the world," wrote the Suddeutsche Zeitung of Munich, Germany.

A graduate of Boston's New England Conservatory, where he finished first in his class and won the coveted Chadwick Medal, Dr. Jackson went on to receive three diplomas -- including a Doctorate of Musical Arts -- from the Juilliard School. There he studied with the renowned Ania Dorfmann, the only woman ever to record a Beethoven concerto with Arturo Toscanini.

Dr. Jackson's doctoral dissertation, "The Piano Music of 20th Century Black Americans," has given him access to a rich and varied repertoire that he will share with his Annapolis audience.

In addition to works by Beethoven, Schumann and Liszt, Dr. Jackson will play the works of Samuel Coleridge Taylor, R. Nathaniel Dett, Coleridge Taylor Perkinson and the Chevalier de St. Georges: talented composers of color who led fascinating artistic lives.

The Chevalier, for example, was an 18th-century musician whose father was governor of the French-owned island of Guadaloupe. When Louis XVI recalled the father to France, the young Chevalier studied music and became a violinist and composer.

Thursday, Dr. Jackson will perform the Chevalier's "Adagio in F-minor," along with Samuel Coleridge Taylor's transcriptions of Negro spirituals; R. Nathaniel Dett's Suite from "In the Bottom" and the "Toccata" of Coleridge Taylor Perkinson.

"This music," says Dr. Jackson, "shows the tremendous talent and resources of African- American composers. Like Brahms and Grieg in the European tradition, they were able to draw from the folk spirit of their country to create music of lasting beauty."

For ticket information, call 268-3614.

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