Published DateLACONIA — Tim Martin, president and CEO of Taylor Community is proud to announce the 2013 Taylor Community Music Series Sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire will kick-off on January 27 at 3 p.m. at Taylor's Woodside Building in Laconia with the husband and wife piano duo of Arlene and Christopher Kies.
Arlene and Christopher Kies have premiered several two-piano compositions including performances at the Fromm Foundation at Harvard and the Washington Square Series. They are both faculty within the Music Department at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
Program highlights with feature solo performances and four-hand music by Schubert, Chopin, Debussy and Gershwin, and will also include a new Fanfare for Piano Four-Hands written by Christopher Kies especially for the unveiling of the new piano at Taylor Community.
For more information on the 2013 Taylor Community Music Series Sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire visit www.taylorcommunity.org or call 524.5600. Those planning to attend must pre-register as spaced is limited.
Future program sponsors include: Tim & Peggy Martin, Melcher & Prescott, Ron & Nan Baker, Bob and Anne Smith, and PingPR.
Pianist Arlene Kies performs widely as recitalist, concerto soloist and as chamber pianist. She has recently performed the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto with the New Hampshire Philharmonic, the complete Goyescas of Enrique Granados as part of a tour of Tuscany, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Strafford Wind Symphony.
Christopher Kies is a professor of music at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, where he has taught piano, theory, and composition since 1979. His Bachelors degrees are in piano and composition from the New England Conservatory and his M.F.A. and Ph. D. in composition are from Brandeis University. A Fulbright Fellowship recipient, Dr. Kies has twice been awarded Individual Artist Fellowships in composition from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and he recently won first prize in the 2011 Longfellow Chorus International Composers Competition in Portland, Maine.
Arlene Kies (Courtesy photo)