New Music at Willamette presents free winter concert

Nancarrow writes music for player pianoSALEM, Ore. -- New Music at Willamette will present a free winter concert featuring violinist Rolf Schulte and pianist Stephen Gosling Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in Hudson Hall at Willamette University.

According to The New Yorker, Schulte is "one of the most distinguished violinists of our day," while The New York Times said the contemporary virtuoso is "explosive, venturesome and thrilling." Schulte has premiered the works of numerous prominent composers.

The New York Times hailed Gosling's piano playing as "electric" and "luminous." The Washington Post says he possesses "utter clarity and conviction." Gosling is a member of both Ensemble Sospeso and the New York New Music Ensemble.

The performance features the music of Elliott Carter, recognized as one of the primary innovators of 20th-century music. He has received two Pulitzer Prizes for rhythmically complex music that explores tempo relationships and texture, and was hailed by Aaron Copland as "one of America's most distinguished creative artists." The concert also includes a work by Conlon Nancarrow, who focused much of his energy on writing music for the player piano.

Schulte will lead a master class and composer reading-session for student performers and composers Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 11:30 a.m. in Hudson Hall. This event is free and open to the public. For information contact the Willamette music department at (503) 370-6255.