October 14, 2016

Pianist Charles Ketcham to Perform The Music of G.I. Gurdjieff

Sonoma State University will present the American pianist and conductor Charles Ketcham in concert on Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m. in Schroeder Hall. Considered to be one of the leading interpreters of the music by Gurdjieff / de Hartmann, Ketcham will be joined by percussionist Elizabeth Nott for an exclusive performance combining improvisational percussion with composed music.

Admission is $8 and free to SSU students. Purchase online at tickets.sonoma.edu/.
Visit http://www.sonoma.edu/music/concert_calendar/ for more information.

As a conductor, Ketcham has worked with the London Philharmonia, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Colorado Symphony and the Portland Symphony. He has served as resident conductor with the Utah and San Diego symphonies as well as music director of the San Diego Master Chorale and principal conductor of Ballet West. Ketcham is in the process of recording all of the Gurdjieff / de Hartmann piano music. The first album, entitled In Search of the Sacred, was released in 2014.

Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center is located 2 miles east of Highway 101 on Rohnert Park Expressway.

G. I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) was a remarkable teacher, writer, composer and choreographer. His teaching, sometimes referred to as the ‘Fourth Way,’ blends the inner search of Eastern and Western traditions and speaks directly to the deeper questions facing spiritual seekers. In a unique collaboration with Thomas de Hartmann (1885-1956), a gifted Russian composer, Gurdjieff created an impressive and inspiring body of music. The best-known material from their work together is the Sacred Music, solo piano pieces composed purely for the sake of listening and meditation.

“Mr. Gurdjieff sometimes whistled or played on the piano with one finger a very complicated sort of melody—as are all Eastern melodies . . . to grasp these melodies and write them down in European notation, required a kind of tour de force and very often—probably to make the task more difficult for me—he would replay it a little differently.” —Thomas de Hartmann




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