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Silver Lake College Piano Professor To Give Lecture and Perform

Posted on November 27 2013

Silver Lake College of the Holy Family is pleased to host a Faculty Colloquium for Dr. Diana Sharpiro, Assistant Professor of Piano, on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 1:00 pm in Bob & Pat Endries Hall in the new Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, 2406 South Alverno Road, Manitowoc. Dr. Shapiro will give a 25 minute lecture, and will play for approximately 30 minutes. The topic of the colloquium is “Resurgence of Petrouchka: Second Life of the Piano Duet Score.” The presentation is open to the public without charge.

About the Presentation

Igor Stravinsky’s “Petrouchka,” composed 100 years ago, is widely regarded as one of the most famous ballet scores of the twentieth century. The love story of a puppet, it was conceived as a follow-up to his Parisian triumph with “The Firebird” in 1910. Stravinsky created two original versions of the scores: one for one-piano-four-hands and one for orchestra. The former, somewhat sparse and superficial, was used for the initial presentation to Diagilev and for ballet rehearsals. The latter, more elaborate and richly colored, was premiered in Paris in 1911 with great success. The popularity with the public led to a number of subsequent arrangements of the piece. Stravinsky himself created a solo piano transcription for Arthur Rubinstein in 1921, as well as two revised orchestra versions in 1947. In 1953, Victor Babin published a partial transcription for two pianos. Regrettably, the original piano duet version has never been revised and remains largely neglected. In an effort to give a second life to this brilliant piece for piano-four-hands, we have undertaken an extensive comparative analysis of existing versions. Our aim is to identify the unpolished and incomplete fragments and trace their evolution in the later versions in order to generate a composite transcription for piano duet. This lecture/recital will feature a performance of several excerpts from our own transcription, which strives to capture Stravinsky's brilliant and masterful orchestration.

About the Presenter

Russian native Dr. Diana Shapiro moved to Israel as a teenager and to study at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy under Professor Berkovich. There she was encouraged by Professor Alexander Tamir to try playing as a piano duo with Stanislava Varshavski. The collaboration brought the pair international acclaim, with victories at numerous competitions worldwide, including the most prestigious international competition in their field, the Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition. In 2005 the duo moved to Boston, where they studied under Professor Victor Rosenbaum. Dr. Shapiro earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied under Professor Martha Fischer. In 2012 the duo was invited to join the prestigious Astral Artists roster after winning the organization’s National Audition in Philadelphia. In addition to lecturing and performing with Dr. Varshavski, Dr. Shapiro has appeared with leading instrumentalists and singers in Israel, New England and Wisconsin. She provides piano instruction at the college and pre-college level.  

Dr. Diana Shapiro (left), Assistant Professor of Piano at Silver Lake College, and her piano partner, Dr. Stanislava Varshavski (right).