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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Social time: 10:00 am  Meeting: 10:30 am
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Richard Dowling, Piano

Houston Symphony League Bay Area will be delighted to welcome Richard Dowling, a former student of HSLBA’s own Madge Hunt to our October meeting.

2017 is the centennial anniversary of the death of Scott Joplin, an African American composer who grew up in Texarkana, TX. He is the most famous composer of ragtime music, a forerunner of other music genres such as jazz and swing and composed 44 ragtime piano pieces.

Richard Dowling has recorded all of Scott Joplin’s rags and performed them to critical acclaim in Carnegie Hall.

A native Texan, Richard Dowling began his piano studies in Houston at age five and his extraordinary musical talent quickly became evident. He made his orchestral debut in a Beethoven concerto performance with the Fort Worth Chamber Symphony at age eighteen. He received his bachelor’s degree in music summa cum laude from the University of Houston. Subsequently, he earned a master’s degree at Yale University where he was honored with the Lockwood Award for performing the best solo recital and the Simonds Award for outstanding solo and ensemble playing, and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin where he was awarded a graduate school full fellowship.

Mr. Dowling has long felt a special affinity for French music, art and culture. He studied at the Conservatoire in Nice, received the Grand Prix from the French Piano Institute, and made his formal recital debut in Paris at the Salle Cortot. His repertoire includes the complete piano works of the renowned French composer Maurice Ravel. In recognition of his dedication to French musical art, Mr. Dowling was inducted as a Chevalier of the renowned Company of Musketeers of Armagnac (an honor society founded in the 17th century by D’Artagnan). He is one of only a few Americans ever granted that distinction.

In addition to his career as a concert pianist, Dowling works as an editor for Ludwig/Masters Music Publications and Alfred Music Publishing for whom he has produced critical performing editions of piano and chamber works by Zez Confrey, Debussy, Fauré, Gershwin, Hummel, Mendelssohn, and Ravel (including Ravel’s Piano Trio). In addition to his regular concert performances, Mr. Dowling enjoys performing as a member of the artist roster of The Piatigorsky Foundation (www.pfclassical.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing live classical music to audiences across America. Since 1994 he has performed nearly 1,200 recitals under its auspices both as a soloist and in collaboration with cellist Evan Drachman and other Piatigorsky Artists. Mr. Dowling resides in New York and is a Steinway Artist. He is represented by Parker Artists, a prominent classical music management in New York (www.parkerartists.com/Richard-Dowling.html).

Gloria Dei Lutheran is located at 18220 Upper Bay Road in Nassau Bay, 2 blocks south of the Johnson Space Center.

The Houston Symphony League Bay Area (HSLBA) is a dream realized by Fran Strong and Selma Neumann, the first presidents.

Chartered in 1976 under the auspices of the Houston Symphony, its mission is to promote music appreciation and enrichment.

HSLBA presents music programs for all students in CCISD elementary schools.

Membership is open to anyone who wants to enjoy, support or promote the music of the Houston Symphony. Guests are always welcome.

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