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Sunday September 24, 2023
Emerson Avenue Salonlines Proudly Presents
a Live YouTube Broadcast
– A “hybrid” concert –
From Dust to Dust
Join Emerson Avenue Salons favorite Noah Alden Hardaway for a program that plumbs the depths of the psyche: from Brahms’s moody (even grisly!) Ballades, through the triumph and sweep of Rachmaninoff’s preludes, and finally Scriabin’s Third Sonata grappling with issues of life and death: obsessive passions, fey interludes, starry nights of love, and finally black despair and its inexorable drive towards death.
This concert is an emotional rollercoaster sure to leave you shaken. Good thing we have pie and wine to help you recover afterwards!
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897):
Ballades, Op. 10
3. Intermezzo. Allegro
4. Andante con moto
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943):
Op. 32 No. 3 in E major
Op. 32 No. 12 in G-sharp minor
Op. 23 No. 2 in B-flat major
– brief pause –
Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
Sonata No. 3 in F-sharp minor
IV. Presto con fuoco
Hailed as “ter-RIFF-ic!” by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, CBE, and “a technically gifted young virtuoso” (Chestnut Hill Local, Philadelphia, PA), pianist Noah Alden Hardaway is forging a multifaceted career as far afield as Spain, Sardinia, and Lithuania, as well as Canada and the United States. Enthusiastic reception for Noah’s appearances has led to frequent reengagements. He is a regular on the festival circuit, including Art of the Piano in Cincinnati and two summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he performed as soloist with the Aspen Sinfonia Concertante. In the ’21-’22 season, Noah gave his Philadelphia debut, won 1st prize at the Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition associated with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, and received the Outstanding Performance in Piano Award from Shenandoah University. He was a finalist in the Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition and in the 2019 Frances Walton Competition in Seattle. He has performed on WUSF 89.7 FM and has appeared in the Houston Chronicle as well as the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Winchester Star, and Texas Signal. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Noah has given many livestreamed concerts and lecture-recitals as well as in-person performances in seven U.S. states. He frequently performs in and around Washington, D.C. under the auspices of the Ryuji Ueno Foundation.
Noah works as Assistant Head of Piano at tonebase, a startup company producing innovative and high-quality teaching videos featuring the world’s top pianists. He has a passion for curating unconventional projects, including assembling large student ensembles, hosting radio programs, and leading interdisciplinary performances. At Shenandoah University’s 2018 ShenCoLAB, Noah received a grant to direct and perform in the Virginia premiere of Schnittke/Kandinsky’s Der gelbe Klang (The yellow sound). Noah serves as Assistant to the Director and Chairman of Pianofest in the Hamptons, heads the Project Committee at the Adamant Music School in Vermont, and teaches at the Wakefield School in Virginia.
Since 2014, Noah has studied intensively with Moscow Conservatory artists Vadym Kholodenko, Sergei Glavatskih, and Pavel Nersessian, and his senior thesis is the first English-language exploration of Vera Gornostaeva’s life and work: a transformative approach to the art of teaching in the grand tradition of Heinrich Neuhaus. Noah graduated magna cum laude from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with Distinction in Research and Creative Works. Legendary Irish pianist and Beethoven interpreter John O’Conor has been a mentor since 2012, and in 2021 Noah began working towards a doctorate in Dr. O’Conor’s studio at Shenandoah University as a full scholarship recipient.
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