Visiting composers and performers present a concert of works for toy piano and toy piano collaborations. This event is presented as part of the 2017 Florida International Toy Piano Festival.
Stacey Barelos presents a 20 minute solo toy piano program of works with ties to Nebraska
Enrico & Fabio present a 20 minute cello and toy piano program featuring works by Italian composers
Works presented by featured guest artist Amy O'Dell and festival director Robert Fleitz:
Floating Fifths by Amit Weiner
Fantasy: Dreams of Toyland by Samara Rice
hammers by Adam Scott Neal
$10 General Admission
Stacey Barelos (USA) Nebraska Toy Piano
As a pianist, Stacey Barelos specializes in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly the music of living composers. Her solo release, The Midwest American Piano Project, which features works by living composers with ties to the American Midwest, was released by Albany Records in 2008. The American Record Guide said “Stacey Barelos…plays with authority and poetic nuance, her beautiful tone captured vividly in this warm recording…” Regarding her performance of Henry Cowell’s Dynamic Motion and the Five Encores to Dynamic Motion, Gunther Schuller said, “It was by far the best performing of Cowell’s piano music I’ve heard in a half a century – or perhaps ever.”
Much of her research, dedicated to helping performers and teachers with the music of Henry Cowell, can be found on her website, http://www.cowellpiano.com/ Her CD of piano music by Cowell was released by Centaur Records in 2012.
As a composer, Stacey’s works have been performed across the U.S. and in Europe and Australia. Recent premieres include thread, stitch, weave, bind for string ensemble inspired by the work of Sheila Hicks and showcased at the 2016 Omaha Under the Radar Festival and The Piano is Stressing Us Out written especially for the audience at her 2015 TEDx Omaha talk. Her works can be heard on the Albany and Blue Griffin labels.
Currently, Stacey teaches piano, theory and composition at the Omaha Conservatory of Music and is the Education Director for the Omaha Under the Radar Festival. For more information, see her website, http://www.staceybarelos.com/
Fabio Luppi & Enrico Mignani (Italy) Works for Toy Piano & Cello
Fabio Luppi, born in 1992 and graduated in piano, composition and chamber music with honors at Conservatory of Bologna and Enrico Mignani, born in 1997 and graduated in cello with honors at Conservatory of Bologna. They firstly performed together in Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” for the project “The Shoenberg experience” (2012), performing twice at the Conservatory of Bologna and at the “Istituto musicale Jacopo Peri” of Reggio Emilia. As a duo (piano and cello) they performed in several concerts in Italy, for instance at the Foyer of Teatro Manzoni in Bologna, Oratorio di Santa Cecilia (Bologna), Ca’ la Ghironda (Zola Predosa), Artipelago Theatre (Rome), San Vigilio di Marebbe (Bolzano), Dobbiaco (Bolzano), Rocca di Vignola (Modene). As they are both composers, they sometimes write pieces to play in their concerts. They both have a collection of different kinds of toy pianos: they have in total 5 of them by different brands. Fabio has also written a suite for toy piano solo called “Pictures” which has been firstly performed by toy pianist Antonietta Loffredo. Both Enrico and Fabio collaborated with Antonietta writing pieces for orchestra or ensembles for the project “musicaalpresente”. They both won several national and international competitions as soloists or in ensemble. Fabio has published three works for “Ut Orpheus”, ArsPublica and Simon Verlag editions.