During my sabbatical I presented recitals, lecture-demonstrations on Scriabin's music as well as other topics, gave masterclasses on campuses from east to west coasts, north to south of the United States. It all was launched in January 2014 with a tour of two schools in Utah: the impressive Brigham Young University, where in the course of two days I had an opportunity to lecture, teach, present on a live radio show and perform a capacity-audience recital, thanks to my hospitable colleague, Dr. Scott Holden. I also enjoyed visiting the nearby Utah Valley University with its developing piano program under the able leadership of Dr. Hilary Demske.
performing in the most beautiful Weill Hall at Sonoma State
Subsequent stops included locations as varied as Chicago (Co-Presenting at the MTNA National Conference) and University of Nebraska, Lincoln; three CSU campuses at Sacramento, San Francisco and Sonoma State. Can't help but quote a line or two received from my SSU host Marilyn Thompson who said: "Your concert in Weill Hall was every part of wonderful!...Technique, voicing, bravura, delicate phrasing, tonal control...it's all there! I can't thank you enough for sharing Scriabin with us! It will long be remembered!"
In late February I visited three schools in Boston: Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory and Boston University, followed by three schools in the Carolinas: at the Appalachian, NC, USC and Winthrop University, SC. My next stop was the impressive campus of the University of Oklahoma.
During the second half of March and early April, I adjudicated a number of contests in California: the Kern Bach Festival in Bakersfield, the MTAC Adult Performance South Program at Chapman University, followed by the MTAC Piano Panel Audition Finals at Cal Poly and then at Contra Costa College near Oakland in the Bay Area.
The focal point on my sabbatical itinerary came next: New York City's Zankel
Hall at Carnegie Hall, where my all-Scriabin recital took place on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
I worked on this project with the Scriabin Society of America, the organization I helped found nearly twenty years ago. The Scriabin Society of America was my official presenter at Carnegie Hall. This performance was preceded by a guest lecture at David Dubal's class at The Juilliard School.
The Zankel Hall recital was very warmly received. The New York Concert Review, which appeared the next day, called it: "indeed a 'poem of ecstasy' in every sense: giant in conception, quantity, quality, execution, thoughtfulness, and sensitivity." see review
Here are a few quotes expressed more privately by colleagues: "It was a magnificently planned and expertly executed program, and the finest possible overview-presentation of Scriabin's fantastical imagination! You…reminded us that Scriabin reached and realized new levels of thought–and you colored all of it with such rich varieties of tone! What a delicious feast, and no one could have done it better! This was more than a recital–it was an EXPERIENCE!…Your concert was wonderful, and I have been haunted all day by it- particularly by the tenth sonata."