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A House Concert 
at the
Historical Piano Study Center
30 Main Street, Ashburnham, MA, 01430

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Daesik Cha, piano   Malcom Halliday, piano
Daesik Cha, piano

with Malcom Halliday, piano

Sinfonia from Cantata 29 "Wir danken dir, Gott"  (1731)   

Pianos by Blüthner, Leipzig, 1907 and 1877
J.S. Bach   (1685-1750)
Duo-piano arrangement by
Malcolm Halliday

Concerto No.2 in c, Op. 18   (1900-1901)   
1. Moderato                                                  
    2. Adagio sostenuto – Più animato – Tempo I
    3. Allegro scherzando
Pianos by Blüthner, Leipzig, 1907 and 1877
Sergei Rachmaninoff   (1873-1943)

Préludes, Op. 28   (Published 1839)                 
    No.1 in C       Agitato                      
    No. 3 in G      Vivace
    No. 5 in D      Allegro molto
    No. 9 in E      Largo
    No. 10 in c#   Allegro molto
    No. 13 in F#   Lento
No. 21 in Bb  Cantabile                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Piano by Érard, Paris, 1840
Frédéric Chopin   (1810-1849)

Ballade No. 1 in g, Op. 23  (1831)

Piano by Érard, Paris, 1840

About the Pianos
To learn a bit more about each of the pianos just click on the 1877 Blüthner, the 1907 Blüthner, and the 1840 Érard.
All pianos played in the concerts are from The Frederick Collection.
The Historical Piano Study Center, 30 Main Street, Ashburnham, MA, 01430. The building is wheelchair accessible.

About the Musicians
Daesik Cha, a native of South Korea, has been establishing himself as a ‘renaissance’ musician, whose professional work encompasses concertizing, directing, teaching, and music scholarship.

He has appeared as pianist in several prominent concerts across continents. In the US, he was featured as a chamber musician with the Irving Fine Society at Harvard’s Sanders Theater, and performed as a soloist in the Franz Liszt bicentennial at Brandeis University. In addition, he has been invited several times as a musical artist to the Covington Art Club in KY, giving lectures and recitals. Recently he performed a piano recital at the Killian Hall in MIT and a lecture recital at the SMI international music conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He also appeared in several prominent chamber music recitals in the Boston area during the 2017–2018 season. His organ/piano recital at the Historical Shirley Meeting House was aired on a local TV channel. His other performances include concerts as a guest pianist at the 2007 Lucca Opera Festival in Italy, and a solo recital which he was honored to give at the Bechstein Hall in the Master Musician Series of Bilthoven, Netherlands.

He wrote his PhD dissertation on the topic of “Transformation of the Keyboard Fantasia in the Classical Period (1780–1800).” His scholarly interests lie in the German instrumental aesthetics and literature of the Classical and Romantic eras, and the development of church music. He was a teaching fellow at Brandeis University, and is currently a music instructor at MIT.

He holds a PhD degree in musicology at Brandeis University and two Master’s degrees, in music history and literature and in piano performance.

Pianist, organist and conductor Malcolm Halliday has performed in the United States, Mexico and Europe, both as a soloist, a conductor, and in collaboration with singers, instrumentalists, and orchestra. As pianist, he has performed frequently with historical pianos from museum and private collections, including pianos from the Frederick Collection in concerts at Jordan Hall and Faneuil Hall, Boston, and Mechanics Hall, Worcester, as well as with an historical piano at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

A champion of more recent music, Malcolm Halliday can also be heard in two recordings of music by the American composer Leo Sowerby, including the solo album Impressions, featuring rare piano music of this Chicago-based original, and available on the Albany Records label.  He is also heard on numerous other recordings, including British art songs with tenor Stanley Wilson, and Schubert’s Winterreise with bass-baritone Robert Osborne – a recording made with the Frederick Collection’s Graf piano. As conductor, he appears in the Albany Records recording The River of Love, an album devoted to Shaker music and settings of Shaker themes by contemporary composers.

A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, Malcolm Halliday recently retired from his positions as Artistic Director of the Master Singers of Worcester and Minister of Music at the First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, where he served for nearly thirty years.

Mr. Halliday currently lives much of the year in San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico, but returns to Massachusetts frequently to spend time at his lake house in Ashburnham, and to continue concert work and other performances in the New England region. In Mexico he has recently undertaken mentoring and teaching young professional Mexican pianists as they prepare for advanced educational opportunities. He has also begun working with young professional Mexican singers, including assisting in the grooming of 4 finalists in Mexico’s very first Metropolitan Young Artist Auditions who went on to win prizes in the regional auditions held in February in New Orleans.

This year, in addition to performing with clarinetist Chester Brezniak, Halliday is also accompanying recitals in New England with the Russian violinist Yulia Zhuravleva, and the Worcester cellist Betsy Bronstein.

About the House Concerts
Our House Concerts are fundraising events, to help defray such annual expenses as replacing slate tiles on the roof, insuring the pianos, etc. Admission to the concerts is by freewill donation. Any amount is most welcome, and all donations to our 501(c)(3) organization, Historical Piano Concerts, Inc., are fully tax-deductible, and will be acknowledged in writing for your tax records.

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