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Music for Our Time: The Piano Music of R. Nathaniel Dett

August 7, 2020 7:00 PM EDT
My Cup Runneth Over - Clipper Erikson

Join pianist Clipper Erickson for a performance and lecture on the piano works of composer R. Nathaniel Dett, featuring works from his 2016 Navona Records release, and Gramophone Critic’s Choice album–MY CUP RUNNETH OVER.

“In this time of turmoil and renewed awareness of systemic racism, Dett’s poetic and visionary music is truly music for our time.” –Clipper Erickson

Originally performed for the Princeton Summer Chamber Concerts online series.

My Cup Runneth Over

MY CUP RUNNETH OVER is available from Navona Records.

Clipper Erickson

Described as “one of the finest pianists of his generation…a consummate musician” by Fanfare, Clipper Erickson made his debut as age nineteen in Los Angeles as soloist with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra and later studied at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and Indian University, training with renowned British piano John Ogdon. Erickson has won top prizes at international competitions and performs as a soloist with orchestras throughout the U.S., as well as recitalist in venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall, and Symphony Space in New York.

In 2016, Gramophone U.K. honored Erickson’s recording, MY CUP RUNNETH OVER-THE COMPLETE PIANO WORKS OF R. NATHANIEL DETT, as a critic’s choice and best album of the year, writing: “[T]his historically and musically important release not only fills a crucial catalogue gap but sets reference standards. No serious aficionado of the history of American piano music can afford to miss it.” His previous albums have often featured American music from past and present, often of lesser-known composers.

Dr. Erickson teaches at Westminster Conservatory and Temple University.

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