Music in the Marly: Christopher Johnson, Piano
Christopher Johnson, piano
Dr. Christopher Johnson returns “home” for this special Marly Music concert. Though born in New Jersey, he completed early studies in Pinellas County with Angela Baptiste, who coached him on his first competitions. He has more than fulfilled his early promise. He was the first pianist to win the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Award, one of many prizes.
He had his critically acclaimed recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in 1997, followed by eight concerts with the One World Symphony. Since then, he has soloed with a host of ensembles, including the Rochester Philharmonic and the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey. Standing ovations have become standard in his career.
Dr. Johnson played the Horowitz/Sousa Stars and Stripes Forever at the 2001 Presidential All-Star Gala at the Lincoln Memorial for President George W. Bush, which was broadcast internationally. Alfred Music Publishing released his book Popular Performer: Broadway, featuring piano arrangements of beloved show tunes, in 2008.
He holds his bachelor’s from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Abbey Simon, and his master’s and doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, where his teachers were Byron Janis and Marc Silverman. Dr. Johnson teaches piano privately and at the United Nations International School in New York.
Highlights of Dr. Johnson’s performance at the MFA will include the complete Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (transcribed in full for piano by Franz Liszt).
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Tickets are first-come-first-served. $20 Adults, $10 for students 22 and younger with current ID. Marly Music Society Members pay only $15 per concert. Admission to the Museum is included in the ticket price.
MUSIC IN THE MARLY SPRING 2016 SCHEDULE:
July 31: Christopher Johnson, Piano
August 21: Rachel Kudo, Piano and Brandon Ridenour, Trumpet