MOUNT VERNON — Oni Buchanan, internationally recognized pianist and poet, will bring her newest concert series, “In the Moment: Women Composers of the 21st Century,” to the Mount Vernon Nazarene University chapel stage on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the 2010-11 Lecture/Artist series. There will also be a master piano class on Monday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the chapel that is open to the public.
Young American pianist Oni Buchanan employs her ingenious musical ability to construct concert experiences full of originality that “directly engage the intimate connections between music and the visual arts, music and poetry.” She has performed solo recitals throughout the U.S. and abroad; her discography includes three solo piano CDs on the Velvet Ear Records label.
Buchanan graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in music and went on to receive her master’s degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. She also holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In addition to her music, Buchanan has published multiple collections of poetry.
This concert will feature solo piano works written by women composers since the year 2000 which fluctuate between different levels of texture and transparency, sound and approach, and duration. Some pieces develop from the format of children’s songs, salsa, blues, rave music and alternative rock, while others return to the foundations of sonata, ballade, toccata and etude. Despite the diversity in musical approaches, all pieces feature an authenticity that, when performed, create a web of patterns and obsessions.
The performance is free and open to the public. For more information about this event or the Lecture/Artist Series, call 397-9000, ext. 4341, or visit www.mvnu.edu/lectureartist. For more information on the artist, visit www.onibuchanan.com.
Published on March 7, 2011