The Lost Lady Sings Again - Piano Concert with Dr. Donna Coleman

The Lost Lady Sings Again - Piano Concert with Dr. Donna Coleman In-Person / Online

Donna Coleman returns to the library to lead the audience on another musical journey across the planet and the ages. Works by J.S. Bach (a setting of a hymn) and Fryderyk Chopin (his glorious fourth Ballade, a song with variations) are prelude to songs by Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, and the traditional Scottish sea-chanty, “One More Day, My John.”  Australian Percy Aldrige Grainger, who lived in the UK before ultimately settling in White Plains NY, collected and arranged folk tunes employing his unique approach to pianistic sound effects and tone colors. Grainger’s own version of the Stephen Foster minstrel tune known as “De Camptown Races” employs what he calls “woggles” as substitute for tuned crystal glasses (we have all irritated our mothers at Thanksgiving dinners by running a damp finger around the edge of her glassware to make it sing!).
Louis Moreau Gottschalk added his banjo-inflected version of this tune to the end of The Banjo, an attempt to make the piano sound like that African-imported instrument. More Grainger concludes the program—his riotous take on Ragtime entitled In Dahomey: Cakewalk Smasher, inspired by the first-ever musical composed and performed by African-Americans, In Dahomey. 

Internationally-renowned concert pianist and recording artist Dr Donna Coleman weaves, writes, walks, studies and photographs the stars, and contemplates the deepest mysteries of the Universe, which she transforms into rarefied interpretations of music ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to Ragtime and Stride, from Domenico Scarlatti to Charles Ives, to compositions written for her yesterday, to free improvisations in which she collaborates with many of Australia’s premiere Jazz musicians.

Her recordings may be purchased or streamed from Amazon, iTunes, Alexa, Google, and others, and many video-recorded performances, including Ragtime’s Missing Links: Cuba’s Role in the Evolving Ragtime Tradition in the USA, the film she created in 2021 for the Cuban Cultural Center of New York, and The Quintessence of Music, a series of webinars streamed by the Pari Center for New Learning in Italy, are on Youtube. Donna also works as a volunteer in the Archaeomagnetism Laboratory at the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Mellon Room
Northeast Harbor Library, 1 Joy Road, Northeast Harbor
  Hybrid Event  

Registration is required. There are 28 in-person seats available. There are 292 online seats available.

Please note: In person attendance for this event will be limited to 30 people. We are requesting masks for in person attendance. Thank you!