Updated: Jul 18
Take a break from the summer heat and enjoy a glorious afternoon of music in the air-conditioned comfort of Lincoln Hall, as internationally known pianist-recording artist Nathan Carterette celebrates Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with stunning virtuosity in Poets of the Piano: A Beethoven Birthday Party on Sunday, July 12 at 2 PM.
Back by popular demand after a solo recital in 2015 and collaboration with the Renaissance City WINDS in ARCA’s Tenth Anniversary concert, Nathan returns to Lincoln Hall’s Steinway to perform Beethoven’s Eroica Variations and Schumann’s Carnival –plus audience pleasers and a work of signature Bach, for which he is acclaimed.
Ludwig van Beethoven’s
ARCA is reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown in compliance with the Pennsylvania Green Guidelines. Masks are required for entrance and optional inside. Hand sanitizer will be available. Seating is socially distanced to 50% occupancy. Because seating is limited, reservations are recommended. Reservations for reserved seats in hall quadrants will be taken by phone. Families and groups will be seated together. Walk-ins are welcome if socially distanced seating remains – cash or check at the door. Tickets are $5 for Students, $20 for ARCA Members and $25 for Adults. Tickets may be purchased online at: www.alleghenyriverstone.org.
Please refrain from attending if you are ill. Patrons will be asked to sign a waiver upon entrance.
Hailed as ”wonderfully poetic,” (Westfalen Post) “exuberant yet sensitive,” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) and ”very compelling in his power and presence” (International Composer), Nathan Carterette has distinguished himself in the concert world by performing a huge range of works from Elizabethan keyboard music to tour de force Romantic block busters and music written today. His innovative, approachable ‘Poets of the Piano’ has inspired audiences to experience unfamiliar music with open ears, and familiar music with new appreciation.
In 2018-19, Nathan took his “Poets” narrative-recital format on a 25-city American tour – performing to enthralled audiences a wild variety of piano music under common poetic themes and linking together composers across history and today. His joyous, engaging personality and quicksilver genius connect with attentive and enthusiastic audiences wherever he performs. ARCA’s Birthday Party audience will be charmed and inspired as this down-to-earth, articulate and masterful communicator takes them on a journey into works by Beethoven, Schumann and Bach – a ‘living program note’ and musical guide to the poetic essence of the music he is performing.
Nathan’s interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations – hailed for crystalline clarity, technical virtuosity and poetic sensitivity – was released on CD in 2019. Having concertized with the work across America, Europe and Asia, his performance of the Goldberg Variations with Pittsburgh’s ATTACK Theatre in a dance production based on the work was a highlight of Pittsburgh’s 2019 cultural season. Nathan’s live broadcast of the Goldberg on Pittsburgh’s classical radio station, WQED, became the most requested pledge drive item in that radio station’s history.
In 2020, Nathan released his first recording of a projected ‘Poets of the Piano’ series uniting a wide diversity of music under common themes: Poets of the Piano: ACTS OF FAITH follows the composer’s search for spiritual transcendence in music. Nathan’s performance of composer Judith Shatin’s Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi is featured with the music of Bach (arranged by Busoni), Philip Glass, and Alexander Scriabin. Judith Shatin said of Carterette’s recording: “I am delighted with pianist Nathan Carterette’s recording of my Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi. The effective dramatic arc he has chosen to shape the variation order is matched by his superb technique.” Nathan’s recordings may be purchased on his website: www.nathancarterette.com.