Master Class

Master Class

Incarnational Piano with Dr. Paul Barnes: Connecting Mind, Body, and Soul to Create Meaningful Music!

This free Zoom master class for students ages 11-18 will be a piano skills class for intermediate to advanced pianists, led by Glenn Korff School of Music faculty member Dr. Paul Barnes. Dr. Barnes will explore the intimate connection of mind, body, and soul as young pianists perform in master class with this esteemed artist. He will focus on his unique approach to piano technique which emphasizes a tension free, fluid physical approach to the keyboard to create beautiful sound and expressive communication. Dr. Barnes’ famous technique drills will also be explored! Participants will need a prepared piece of repertoire, access to a piano, and a computer or tablet with a front-facing camera and microphone. There will be a select number of participants for this master class, but students are also welcometo sign up to observe and participate in the Q&A session that will conclude the class.

Lied Center for Performing Arts

Meet the Teaching Artist

Dr. Paul Barnes

Dr. Paul Barnes: Praised by the New York Times for his “Lisztianthunder and deft fluidity,” pianist Paul Barnes has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming. He has been featured seven times on APM’s Performance Today, on the cover of Clavier Magazine, and his recordings are streamed worldwide.Celebrating his twenty-three-year collaboration with Philip Glass, Barnes commissioned and gave the world premiere of Glass’s Piano Quintet “Annunciation.” From the New York premiere at the Met Museum, New York Classical Review called the quintet a “a fascinating mosaic of Glass’s late style...with a warm inner expression that seemed to echo Brahms.” The world premiere performance was recently featured on Performance Today. Barnes’ world premiere recording with Brooklyn Rider was released on Glass’s Orange Mountain Music label in October of 2019.Barnes also commissioned New York based composer Victoria Bond to write a new piano work based on the Greek Orthodox crucifixion hymn Simeron Kremate (Today is Suspended). The work is co-commissioned by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and the SDG Music Foundation in Chicago. The world premiere of Bond’s new work was given at Kimball Recital Hall on March 3, 2019 with the Chicago premiere on March 10 at Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago.Barnes latest recital A Bright Sadness: Piano Music Inspired by Chant features several works inspired by Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Native American chant. In addition to works written for Barnes, the recital also features Liszt’s ground-breaking late work Via Crucis for piano solo. Barnes’ twelfth CD New Generations: The New Etudes of Philip Glass and Music of the Next Generation has received rave reviews. Barnes is Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music and his recordings are available on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, and Amazon.

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