Pianist Lee Nolan to perform June 14

Pianist Lee Nolan to perform June 14Concert pianist and local music instructor Lee Alan Nolan is rehearsing a di-verse offering of keyboard masterworks for his upcoming June 14 concert at the First Presbyter-ian Church.

“Out Chopin, Bach In a Minuet” is the title for the performance.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., the program will feature a sampling of opulent Baroque and Romantic-era compositions by such composers as Bach, Chopin and Schubert, along with a selection or two by “others,” as noted cryptically on an announ-cement handout.

Listeners who have enjoyed Nolan’s verbal program notes at previous concerts will be pleased to know that he intends to continue this tradition.

“I really enjoy sharing a bit of historical background, along with insights into the compositions’ structure and their significance in the evolution of classical music,” he said.

Those who have heard Nolan’s own piano adaptation of a Beethoven orchestral work will not be surprised that the June program includes some daunting challenges. For one, the Italian Concerto by J. S. Bach was not composed for a simple harpsichord of the day, but rather for a two-keyboard (one soft, one loud) harpsichord.

Likewise, although the classical movement designation scherzo means, “jest” or “joke,” the Frederic Chopin Scherzo No. 2 Nolan has chosen is anything but light and playful; composer Robert Schu-mann considered it to be “overflowing with tenderness, boldness, love and contempt.”

Nolan’s musical preparation includes obtaining a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His performance venues include San Francisco’s City Hall, Herbst Hall and Davies Symphony Hall. For more than two years he toured Europe as pianist for Singing Waiters, a Los Angeles-based vocal ensemble.

Since his arrival in the Indian Wells Valley in 2004, Nolan has been welcome in the local musical scene not only as a piano and guitar instructor, but also with musical performance and direction of CLOTA’s “City of Angels” and “Cabaret” and more recently the Ridgecrest Opera Guild’s crowd-pleasing “Random Acts of Opera.”

Tickets will be available at the door, with a suggested $10 donation.

Story First Published: 2013-06-05