The UAlbany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences and with support from the UAlbany Foundation, is pleased to present pianist Frank Glazer on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:30pm. Mr. Glazer’s concert was originally scheduled for November 14, 2013 but was postponed until this later date due to a rotator cuff injury sustained by the artist.

The concert will take place just three weeks shy of Glazer’s 99th birthday.  He will perform a program of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel and Chopin as part of his current tour which includes concerts in Boston and Milwaukee.  Having seemingly found the fountain of youth, the former long-time professor at the Eastman School of Music has had a distinguished international career that began in the 1920s.

Glazer is an artist-in-residence at Bates College. His appearance here is part of an exchange program developed by UAlbany five years ago. As the other half of the exchange, Capital Trio, the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s ensemble-in-residence, visited Williams College earlier this year. In the inaugural year of the program, the UAlbany Performing Arts Center worked with the Music Department at the CW Post campus of Long Island University and their ensemble-in-residence, The Pierrot Consort. The following year’s exchange was with Clark University and the QX String Quartet, the third year of the program featured the Oswego Jazz Quartet from SUNY Oswego and year four partners were Williams College and the Williams Chamber Players.

This nonagenarian is believed to be the last surviving student who studied with Artur Schnabel in Berlin. His career was shaped by this experience as well as his study of composition with Arnold Schoenberg and his performing with the Boston Symphony under Serge Koussevitsky. His career has included numerous recordings, solo recitals and performances with orchestras and chamber ensembles.  He has taught piano privately for 80 years and was also a Professor of Piano and member of the artist faculty at the Eastman School of Music for over 15 years.  This year will be his 34th as artist-in-residence and lecturer at Bates College where two years ago he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree. 

After devoting more than 85 years to the attainment of artistic performance, Glazer published his philosophy on the subject for aspiring musicians and concert goers last year.  A Philosophy of Artistic Performance (With Some Practical Suggestions) is a collection of aphorisms and advice that he has been amassing since the 1930s.  Glazer’s intention for the book is to offer younger pianists and other musicians a set of tools that will enable them, he explains, “to help them find and evolve their own feelings about the art in in music, instead of the mechanics of it.”

UAlbany Associate Professor of Music Duncan Cumming authored a book on Glazer entitled The Fountain of Youth: The Artistry of Frank Glazer.  In it, he chronicles the pianist’s life as well as explores his approach to technique which has kept him performing for nine decades. “Even after the success of his recital debut in New York and his orchestral debut with the Boston Symphony, Mr. Glazer took a break from performing and undertook a thorough study of the mechanics of the piano and the anatomy of the muscles,” writes Cumming.  “The immediate result of the study was an approach to the keyboard with economy of motion and no extra use of muscles leading to unnecessary tension; the long term result has been a career of almost unprecedented length, in which Glazer continues to perform complex and virtuosic repertoire even now 14 years into what he once called, at the young age of 84, the beginning of his coda.”

Advance tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $20 for the general public and $15 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.