PianoForte Salon Series Airs Friday at 10:00 pm
Pianist Roger McVey comes from Idaho to play a Chicago piece—Defensive Chili by Marc Mellits, whose titles read like a WXRT playlist: Beatles Trip, Baby Chicken, Just Noise, Zombie in a Penguin Suit. Mellits calls his style eclectic, with “driving rhythms and soaring lyricism.” Defensive Chili is a grooving work for solo piano. McVey adds to that a contemplative, atmospheric piece by New Zealander John Psathas, best known for his fanfares heard at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
McVey teaches at the University of Idaho, and studied at Indiana University with Menahem Pressler. He caps the program with a piece 100 years older than the other two, but arguably more modern: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No.2 in Bb Major. The sharp juxtaposition of Rachminoff’s ideas are emphasized in the version played by Roger McVey which comes from a 1931 revision by the composer.
The PianoForte Salon Series presents live piano recitals at noon on the first Friday of the month at PianoForte Studios located at 1335 South Michigan Avenue. The concerts are free to the public. The recitals air live on WFMT, except during April when the noontime concert is recorded for broadcast at 10:00 PM that evening (Friday).
Check out another piece by Chicago composer Marc Mellits played by Eighth Blackbird, Spam: