Dan Knight's MURAL Piano Concerto
STRETCH GOAL - $15,000! Help us reach $15,000 by May 31!
When the visual arts meet the musical arts, excitement is guaranteed, especially when the art and the music are provided by world-class artists. We are terribly excited about Steinway Artist and composer Dan Knight’s latest project. For many years, Dan has been discussing with University of Iowa Professor of Piano Rene Lecuona his desire to write a piano concerto for her to play.
In the past Dan has taken great pleasure (and had wonderful results) composing pieces inspired by literary and artistic masterpieces (Monet, Whitman, Kandinsky – the Walt Whitman Suite was nominated for a Pulitzer prize). Now Dan is working on a concerto inspired by Jackson Pollock’s famous MURAL, with a premiere timed to coincide with the opening of the new University of Iowa Museum of Art, when MURAL will finally return to the University of Iowa. Bill Jones will conduct the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra; Rene Lecuona will play the piano.
Here’s how Dan conceives his concerto:
“The pianist, together with the conductor, will ‘become’ Jackson Pollock, and together with the orchestra, will ‘paint’ the MURAL. The concerto is conceived in three movements, labeled ‘Thought,’ ‘Action,’ and ‘Masterpiece.’ ‘Thought’ will be a description, in sound, of the basic energy, the underlying force and dimension of the piece, the selection of color (s), and the preparation of the canvas. The piano will be the dominant voice in this movement. ‘Action’ will be the actual painting of the piece itself, with the piano leading the orchestra (in something similar to a ‘call and response’ form) in the dynamic execution of the piece. ‘Masterpiece’ will be a symphonic, representational overview of MURAL itself.”
Please consider making a donation to this campaign to help cover the expenses to commission this extraordinary piece. The funds raised will be used as an honorarium for Dan’s work as composer and for the expenses he will incur (printing orchestra parts, traveling to Iowa City). All contributions are tax-deductible.
To watch our video—which explains more about the project—click on the red play button on the MURAL image above. Thank you!
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