1. The Presidents Piano Series for the 2010-11 season begins with the UW World Series debut of pianist Lara Downes, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Meany Hall.

    A Steinway Concert Artist, Downes is captivating audiences throughout Europe and the United States with recent concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, in New York, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and the American Academy in Rome. National Public Radio called Downes playing “delightful… a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship.”

    Downes performs a repertoire of works by American composers, including Four Piano Blues and selections from Rodeo by Aaron Copland; Excursions by Samuel Barber; Fantasie Negre by Florence Price; American Ballads by Roy Harris and the historic Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin.

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  2. Lara Downes, piano
    solo piano transcriptions by Jed Distler

    coming 2015 on Steinway & Sons Records
    tour & booking: InvernePrice.com

    http://tinyurl.com/ButBeautifulproject

    film by Rik Keller, PoVImaging. facebook.com/RikKellerPhotography / facebook.com/PoVimaging

    © 2014 Lara Downes
    LaraDownes.com

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  3. From Lara Downes' new Sono Luminus release "America Again", available now on Amazon.
    amzn.com/B01FT0ZJC4

    From the liner notes:
    "This piece was originally written as Blues #1 of Copland’s Four Piano Blues, which I recorded on my 2001 album American Ballads. Fifteen years later, the road trip into American music that I started back then continues, long and winding. The bluesy, sweet sound of this sentimental little tune is just right for the journey." - Lara Downes

    The evocative photography is by Zsolt Bognár, concert pianist and host of Living the Classical Life, an ongoing series of filmed interviews and intimate, one-of-a-kind performances that reveal the heart of the classical musician's world.
    livingtheclassicallife.com

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  4. From Downes' new Sono Luminus release "America Again", available now for pre-order on Amazon.
    amzn.com/B01FT0ZJC4

    Dan Visconti: Nocturne from Lonesome Roads
    This twangy melody connects me with a trail of weary travelers across time and place, crossing through Emigrant Gap, making their way West out of the Dust Bowl, hitchhiking down Highway 5 with a guitar on their backs and a dollar in their pockets… in this nation of wayfaring strangers, the lonesome road is a familiar and iconic symbol.
    -Lara Downes

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  5. Lara Downes performs Art Tatum's arrangement of Blue Skies, by Irving Berlin.
    A special advance track from Downes' upcoming release "America Again", coming in October 2016 on Sono Luminus.
    Buy the record on Amazon: amzn.com/B01FT0ZJC4

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"A unique blend of musicianship

and showmanship" -NPR

A captivating presence both on and offstage, critically acclaimed American pianist Lara Downes is recognized as one of the most exciting and communicative classical artists of her generation.…


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"A unique blend of musicianship

and showmanship" -NPR

A captivating presence both on and offstage, critically acclaimed American pianist Lara Downes is recognized as one of the most exciting and communicative classical artists of her generation. Called "a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship" by NPR and praised by the Washington Post for her stunning performances "rendered with drama and nuance", Lara presents the piano repertoire - from iconic favorites to newly commissioned works - in new ways that bridge musical tastes, genres and audiences.

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