October 2, 2014

Duo-Pianists Return to Weill With Hints of Halloween

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe bring their extreme duo-piano act to Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on October 24 in a concert of classical music with a seasonal spin.

Oct 23 Lecture On Musical Entrepreneurship

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, the “gateway drug to classical music,” will add some dark and spooky Halloween undertones to their October 24 concert, "Dancing in the Dark." The 7:30 p.m. event opens with an original arrangement of Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre – retitled Bacchanal for Two Pianos.

“Greg and I are very meticulous about programming,” says Liz Roe, who is in her second year of an artist residency at Sonoma State as a member of Trio Ariadne. Selections will include works by Rachmaninoff and Bizet and an original adaptation of John Williams’ Star Wars Fantasy.

Greg and Liz are on board for a talk on creativity-entrepreneurship-technology in music in Schroeder Hall on Thursday, October 23, at 3 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public!

Graduates of The Juilliard School, Anderson and Roe formed their musical partnership as freshmen and have performed worldwide – most recently on a three-city tour of Japan. At their Weill Hall debut last year, an adrenaline-pumping rendition of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring brought the audience to its feet. Their multifaceted career includes concert tours worldwide, chart-topping albums, YouTube videos viewed by millions, published compositions, and a dynamic social media presence. In their October 23 hourlong talk, they will discuss their creative projects, the state of classical music, and tools that the 21st-century individual can use in building a career of passion and purpose.

The concert is ticketed but free. Advance tickets are encouraged and are available online, by phone, or in person. For information call the university box office at 707-664-4246.

Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center is located near the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road. Parking is available in Lots L, M, N, and O. GMC map.

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
October 24, 7:30 p.m.
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall
Green Music Center


“A gateway drug to classical music … [Anderson & Roe] get people listening and having fun doing it. Two highly skilled, energetic young pianists … really wonderful, sensible ensemble … clever, complex arrangements.”
—Theatre Jones


Dancing in the Dark

SAINT-SAËNS: Dance Macabre: Bacchanal for Two Pianos *
RACHMANINOFF: “The Night… The Love”
STRAVINSKY: "The Adoration of the Earth" from The Rite of Spring
GLUCK: Ballet from Orphée et Eurydice*
SCHUBERT: Der Erlkönig *
RADIOHEAD: Paranoid Android  *
JOHN WILLIAMS: Intermezzo from Three Star Wars Fantasies*
BIZET: Carmen Fantasy*
* Adapted for two pianos by Anderson & Roe  


About Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, GREG ANDERSON and ELIZABETH JOY ROE are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described as “the intense synchronization of genius” (ThirdCoast Digest) and “the most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice), the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. Their recent album, When Words Fade (Steinway Label), was released to critical acclaim in 2012 and spent over a dozen weeks at the top of the Billboard Classical Charts, while their Emmy-nominated, self-produced music videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube.

Since forming their dynamic musical partnership in 2002 as students at The Juilliard School, the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo has appeared on NPR and MTV, toured extensively worldwide as recitalists and orchestral soloists, and presented at numerous international leader symposiums. A performance by the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo was handpicked to appear on the Sounds of Juilliard CD celebrating the school’s centenary. Highlights of the 2014/15 season include tours throughout North America, Asia, and Europe; concerto performances with the Calgary Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony, and Winnipeg Symphony; a new all-Bach album on the Steinway Label; and the release of their ambitious—and literally explosive—music film, The Rite of Spring.

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Greg Anderson
GREG ANDERSON: pianist, composer, and writer.
HIS MISSION: to make classical piano music a relevant and powerful force in society.

Greg pursues his mission with such zeal that he has developed a multi-faceted career in the arts, and his exploits have attracted the attention of such media outlets as PBS, MTV, and the Today ShowGramophoneClavier Companion, Listen, and Pianist magazines; and NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, From the Top, Performance Today, and All Things Considered.

Greg’s hundreds of performances have elicited universal acclaim – “the highest level of artistry” (The Star-Telegram), “electrifying and riveting” (The Cyprus Mail), “astounding” (Edmond Life and Leisure), and “gripping… rapturous… thoughtful, passionate” (San Jose Mercury News). He has performed in Carnegie Hall, soloed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, released several albums, and toured in North America, Asia, and Europe. Greg has established a groundbreaking piano duo partnership with Elizabeth Joy Roe, and their self-produced, Emmy-nominated music videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube. Their most recent album, When Words Fade, spent over a dozen weeks on the Billboard Charts.

As a composer, Greg's works are featured on the Universal, EMI, Sony, eOne, and Steinway record labels. His compositions and arrangements have been premiered at venues such as Alice Tully Hall and the Rose Bowl, and by the National Symphony Orchestra and 5 Browns, among others. He has filled in for John Williams on short notice. 

Greg is a Steinway Artist and a graduate of The Juilliard School and Yale University.

Elizabeth Joy Roe
Pianist ELIZABETH JOY ROE has been hailed “brilliant” (The New York Times), “an artist to be taken seriously” (The Chicago Tribune), “electrifying” (The Dallas Morning News), “a mature, fascinating interpreter and an artist of intelligence, insight, and a genuine grace” (The Southampton Press), and she was named one of the classical music world's “Six on the Rise: Young Artists to Watch” by Symphony Magazine. The recipient of the prestigious William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award, she has appeared as recitalist, orchestral soloist, and collaborative musician at major venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the 92nd Street Y (New York); the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC); Salle Cortot (Paris); the Ravinia Festival (Chicago); the Seoul Arts Center (Korea); the National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing); the Oriental Art Center (Shanghai); Teatro Argentino (Buenos Aires); the Adrienne Arsht Center (Miami); the Banff Centre (Canada); and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany). She has given the Carnegie Hall premiere of Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen for the composer's centennial celebration, hosted by Pierre Boulez; performed for members of the United Nations; presented at international leadership symposia including the EG, Imagine Solutions Conference, La Ciudad de las Ideas, and Chicago Ideas Week; and completed an artistic residency sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Argentina.

Ms. Roe’s multifaceted career includes performance broadcasts on TV and radio (appearing on NPR, PBS, and KBS, to name a few), world premieres of new music, and a diverse range of artistic projects and collaborations. She has released a solo album, Images Poetiques (Universal Classics Korea / Deutsche Grammophon), and two piano duo albums, Reimagine and When Words Fade (Steinway Label), the latter of which reached the top of the Billboard Classical chart. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with an array of esteemed artists, including violinist Daniel Hope, violist Richard O’Neill, cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, the Parker Quartet, and jazz pianist Shelly Berg; she is also a founding member Ensemble ACJW (one of Carnegie Hall’s resident ensembles), Decoda (an energetic New York based collective), and Trio Ariadne (ensemble-in-residence at the Green Music Center in California). Most notably, she has established the groundbreaking Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, whose dynamic performances, compositions, blogs (recently featured in Gramophone), and Emmy-nominated music videos (viewed by millions on YouTube) have attracted attention around the globe.

Ms. Roe made her concerto debut in 1997 with the Chicago Philharmonic, eliciting critical acclaim from The Chicago Tribune’s John Von Rhein: “Elizabeth Joy Roe supplied scintillation in the Grieg [Concerto] ... A lot of pianists play the Grieg but not many adults twice the age of Miss Roe could make this familiar score sing so poetically or with such spontaneity.” She has since appeared with the Hartford, Tucson, Santa Fe, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, and Ars Viva Symphony Orchestras; the Juilliard Orchestra; the Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra; the Indianapolis and Milwaukee Chamber Orchestras; and members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, among others. In 2003, she stepped in on short notice to replace the late John Browning for subscription performances of the Barber Piano Concerto (Browning’s signature work) with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra; The Delaware News Journal pronounced her pianism as “astonishing” and “stunning.”

Committed to arts advocacy, Ms. Roe was one of the inaugural fellows of The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute. As part of this professional fellowship, she performed regularly at Carnegie Hall with Ensemble ACJW, taught at PS 131Q in Queens, and co-directed the Children's Music Campaign NYC. In recognition of her educational and leadership endeavors, she was awarded the McGraw-Hill Companies’ Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach. She has taught at Smith College as Visiting Artist and Lecturer in Music, and she is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Sonoma State University.

A Chicago native, Ms. Roe was 13 years old when she won the grand prize at the IBLA International Piano Competition in Italy. Throughout her career she has received honors from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Music for Youth Foundation, the National Association for Professional Asian Women, and the Samsung Foundation of Culture. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School as a full scholarship student of Yoheved Kaplinsky, graduating with Scholastic Distinction for her thesis on representations of music in the fiction of Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust, and E.M. Forster. A Steinway Artist and Soros Fellow, Ms. Roe’s mission is to connect with others through the inspiration, joy and essential humanity of music.
















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