Networking Keyboards: Liszt at the piano, Charles Burney's Travels, and a visit to 17th-Century Italy

Liszt at the piano, Charles Burney's Travels, and a visit to 17th-Century Italy

Keyboard Networks, the Westfield Center's graduate-student organized conference runs from Friday afternoon to Saturday evening (

As part of the conference, and around its edges, there'll be chances to hear Scottish pianist and musicologist Kenneth Hamilton talk about and play music by Liszt and Chopin, and also two opportunities for organ aficionados: Annette Richards and David Yearsley performing music from 18th-century Europe for four hands and multiple keyboard instruments (organ, harpsichord and fortepiano) in Barnes Hall, and Jonathan Schakel with guest violinist David Sariti playing music from 17th-century Italy in Sage Chapel.

Sunday evening's performance (Sage Chapel) includes music by Frescobaldi, Corelli, Marini and Rossi, including some of the greatest works of the era (Frescobaldi's "Cento partite sopra Passacagli" and Corelli's Sonata Op. 5, No. 12, "La Follia"). The program promises a rich variety of musical forms and sounds, with Jonathan Schakel playing the meantone Neapolitan organ, harpsichord and baroque guitar, with continuo support from David Miller on viola da gamba. David Sariti is a widely sought-after solo violinist, chamber musician and scholar based at the University of Virginia. Active in many period instrument groups, he also enjoys introducing audiences to lesser-known but worthy works, new music, and jazz - sitting in frequently with trumpeter John D'Earth and Chapman stick pioneer Greg Howard.

The Saturday evening concert (Barnes Hall) doubles as a presentation of not only original music and arrangements for dueling keyboards (or keyboardists), but also of the work of video artist and film director Bug Davidson (founder of the Homoscope film and art festival, and currently on the board of the OUTsider Arts Festival), whose multi-channel video projected with the live performance presents a contemporary mapping and reimagining of the experience of moving through the soundscapes of the past. The music includes works by Bernardo Pasquini, J. S. Bach and his sons, Handel and Soler in multiple combinations of organ, harpsichord and chamber organ. A multi-media event not to be missed!