Wednesday, October 8, 2014
10:00 A. M.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Richard Dowling (Piano)
native Houstonian, Richard Dowling will be the guest artist for the
Houston Symphony League Bay Area (HSLBA) meeting October 8 at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Road in Nassau Bay. The concert is free
and guests are welcome.
Mr. Dowling began his piano studies at age five and his extraordinary musical talent quickly became evident. As a private high school student of HSLBA member, pianist Madge Waterston Hunt, he made his orchestral debut in a Beethoven concerto performance with the Fort Worth Symphony at age eighteen. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music summa cum laude from the University of Houston. Subsequently, he received 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 where he was awarded a graduate school full fellowship.
Mr. Dowling has received performance reviews that praise him as “a master of creating beautiful sounds with impeccable control of colors and textures” and as “a musician with something to say, the skill to say it and the magnetic power to make you want to listen” and for giving “a superb recital that left the audience craving for more at the end.” He is also a versatile recording artist with over a dozen CDs of classical, chamber, ragtime, jazz, and popular music. His most recent recordings include the solo CD, Music of Old New York, and Gershwin for Two Pianos, a collection of beloved Gershwin works with his friend and fellow pianist Frederick Hodges.
Mr. Dowling will be playing some of the world's greatest piano masterpieces:
Prelude in C Major, BWV 846 J. S. Bach
from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (1685-1750)
Sonata quasi una fantasia, Op. 27 No. 2 Ludwig van Beethoven “Moonlight” I. Adagio sostenuto (1770-1827)
Waltz in D-flat Major, Op. 64 No. 1 “Minute” Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp Minor Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Clair de lune Claude Debussy from Suite bergamasque (1862-1918)
Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 3 No. 2 Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Warsaw Concerto for Piano & Orchestra (1941) Richard Addinsell (solo transcription by Richard Dowling) (1904-1977)
Social time begins at 10:00 am and the meeting will begin at 10:30 am.
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.
For further information about monthly meetings contact us at 281-488-4459.