February 12, 2019:
Dr. Zahari Metchkov – Close the Piano Lid: The Century Old Struggle for Effective Balance in Ensembles. Both a pianist and an organist, Dr. Zahari Metchkov has performed at such venues as New York’s Avery Fisher Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. Dr. Metchkov released his first CD in 2008 ¬- a recording of works for piano and orchestra by Liszt and Franck and a second recording project featuring solo works for piano and organ completed in 2014. A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Dr. Metchkov holds BM, MM, and DMA from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 he joined Colorado State University-Pueblo’s department of music and is currently an Associate Professor of Music. He was the 2013 recipient of the CSU-Pueblo’s Outstanding Service and Transformative Leadership Award and the 2014 recipient of CHASS Outstanding Faculty of the Year. Dr. Metchkov has also taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as Youngstown State University. Currently Dr. Metchkov is the Artistic Director of the Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival and Piano Conversations Concert Series, Pueblo, as well as Rocky Mountain Music Alliance Concert Series, Colorado Springs. As a performer he has appeared in the Mostly Mozart Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Bridgehampton Music Festival, Varna Summer Festival, Sofia Music Weeks Festival, Geneva Chamber Music Festival, New Year’s Music Days Festival, and San Angelo Piano Festival. He has appeared live on radio CPR-Denver, WCLV-Cleveland, Bulgarian National Radio, Radio Alma Mater-Sofia. 2018-2019 performance projects include Rachmaninov 2nd Concerto, the completion of the Mozart Trio’s integral performances, and Crumb’s Macrocosmos.
April 9, 2019:
Dr. Jennifer Hayghe – Mendelssohn Songs Without Words: Nothing More Than Feelings. Please note that the PROGRAM is from 9:30 to 10:30 am, with the GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING from 10:30 to 11:00 am. The nineteenth century saw the rise of the character piece as the preeminent compositional genre of Romantic composers for the piano. Mendelssohn’s 48 “Songs Without Words” are early masterpieces of this genre and attained great popularity in the nineteenth century because of their technical and musical accessibility. This presentation will provide a survey of the collection, organizing the songs into different genres, discussing specific technical and musical devices, and hopefully introducing you to some jewels of the repertoire for your students (and yourself!). Please bring scores - any edition is acceptable.
Jennifer Hayghe has performed in solo recitals and made orchestral appearances throughout the world, including the United States, Europe and Asia. Hayghe received her bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was the last student of the legendary artist-teacher Adele Marcus. Hayghe won every award possible for a Juilliard pianist to receive, including the William Petschek Debut Award, resulting in her New York City recital debut at Alice Tully Hall.
Hayghe has performed and taught as a soloist and chamber musician at universities and colleges throughout the country as well as appearing as a concerto soloist with various orchestras throughout the United States. She has performed in major chamber music series, including Bargemusic in New York and the Garth Newel Center for Music series in Virginia, and has taught chamber music throughout the United States and Central America.
Hayghe is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Formerly an Associate Professor of Piano at Ithaca College and the Barineau Endowed Professor of Piano at Louisiana State University, Hayghe has served as a featured artist at music teachers’ conventions throughout the country as well as a presenter at the Music Teachers National Association national conference. Most recently, Hayghe has given masterclasses at the Manhattan School of Music and in the New York University Piano Master Class Series. She lives with her husband, Robert McGaha, and son William in Erie, CO.