Cathedral piano keeps hitting the right note

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Oban Music Society are delighted that the eminent American pianist Joel Sachs will be giving a concert in St John’s Cathedral in Oban on Saturday May 28 at 7pm.

Joel is playing an all American programme entitled Charles Ives and Friends, featuring Aaron Copland’s Night Thoughts and Midday Thoughts, Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Prelude 9 and Piano Study in Mixed Accents, Henry Cowell’s Aeolian Harp and Tiger, and Charles Ives’ Piano Sonata No. 1.

The society’s Molly Adams said: ‘It is so very gratifying that we can attract such great talent now we have the wonderful Steinway piano, the purchase of which was funded by the very generous bequest Oban Music Society received from the late Elisabeth Graham.

‘Both Steven Osborne and Malcolm Martineau are scheduled to play in the near future bringing more world class music to Oban.’

Joel Sachs has been a multi-faceted member of the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1970. Professor of chamber music, new-music performance, and music history, he founded and directs the annual week-long Focus festival of post-traditional music, which began in 1986.

He is also the founder and conductor of the New Juilliard Ensemble, a chamber orchestra for the newest music that was launched in 1993, the same year that he became artistic director of Juilliard’s concerts at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
By now he has curated and often conducted more than 500 concerts at Juilliard and MoMA.

The Harvard graduate, who gained his PhD from Columbia University, is an active historian, and wrote the first full biography of the American composer Henry Cowell.

In 2002, he was given Columbia Alice M. Ditson Award for a conductor’s services to American music. In 2011, he was made an honorary member of Harvard’s chapter of the American honours society Phi Beta Kappa and received the National Gloria Artis Medal of the Polish Government for his service to Polish music.