The 20-year collaboration between UNL pianist Paul Barnes and composer Philip Glass will be celebrated with a CD release recital at 7:30 p.m. March 2 in Kimball Recital Hall.
The performance will feature works from Barnes’ new CD, “New Generations: The New Etudes of Philip Glass and Music of the Next Generation.” The two-disc CD pairs Glass’s newly published etudes with a new generation of younger composers, including N. Lincoln Hanks, Lucas Floyd, Jason Bahr, Ivan Moody, Zack Stanton and Jonah Gallagher.
The first “New Generations” disc includes eight tracks of Glass’ music, including the newly published Piano Etudes Nos. 5, 6, 8, 11, 16, 18 and 20, as well as “Dreaming Awake” (2003).
Disc two features Bahr’s “Two Preludes,” Stanton’s “Scene Route,” Hanks’ “Monstre Sacré,” Floyd’s “Piano Thoughts, Vol. II,” Moody’s “Fioriture” and Gallagher’s “Ad infinitum.”
“Each piece is just an incredibly different musical impression,” Barnes said. “The sonic result is a breathtaking panorama of the energetic and expressive landscape that is 21st century piano music.”
The CD was produced through Glass’ label Orange Mountain Music. It was recorded in Kimball Recital Hall with Tom Larson, assistant professor of composition, serving as the recording engineer. Barnes received support from the Hixson-Lied Endowment and Glenn Korff School of Music for the recording.
Proceeds from CDs sold at the March 2 recital will be used for the Paul Barnes New Generations Piano Scholarship Fund.
The performance is free and open to the public. It will also be streamed live online.