“Piano USA 1918” with Phillip Bush, pianist

November 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave
IL 60605
"Piano USA 1918" with Phillip Bush, pianist @ PianoForte Studios

“New American Piano Music” from 100 years ago: works by Arthur Foote, Marion Bauer, Leo Ornstein, Henry Cowell, Charles Griffes, and the “Concord” Sonata of Charles Ives


Arthur Foote
“Dusk” and “Flying Cloud” from Five Silhouettes, Op. 73

Marion Bauer
Preludes, Op. 15, Nos. 2 & 3

Leo Ornstein
Suicide in an Airplane

Charles Griffes
The White Peacock (from Roman Sketches, Op. 7)

Henry Cowell
The Tides of Manaunaun

Charles Ives
Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord, Mass. 1840-1860”

Phillip Bush is a pianist of uncommon versatility with a repertoire extending from the 16th century to the 21st. His active and unconventional career has taken him to many parts of the globe. Since his New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum in 1984, Mr. Bush has appeared as recitalist throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. He made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in 2001 with the London Sinfonietta to critical acclaim, replacing an ailing Peter Serkin on short notice in concerti by Stravinsky and Alexander Goehr. He has also appeared as soloist with the Osaka Century Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Houston Symphony and several other orchestras, in repertoire as far-ranging as the Beethoven concerti and the American premiere of Michael Nyman’s Harpsichord Concerto.

A much sought-after chamber musician, Mr. Bush has performed and recorded with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, has appeared frequently on New York’s Bargemusic series, and has performed at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains (Colorado), Sitka Music Festival (Alaska), St. Bart’s Music Festival, Music at Blair Atholl (Scotland), Cape May Music Festival and many other festivals. He has appeared as guest artist with the Kronos, Parker, Jupiter, Lutoslawski, and Miami String Quartets and has also performed with members of the Emerson, Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion and St. Lawrence quartets. Between 1991 and 1999, he performed over 250 concerts in Japan with the piano quartet, Typhoon, and recorded five CD’s with the group for Epic/Sony, all of which reached the top of the Japanese classical charts.

A fierce advocate for contemporary music, Phillip Bush is best known for his association for over 20 years with both Steve Reich & Musicians and the Philip Glass Ensemble, as well as 15 years as member of the Milwaukee-based new music group, Present Music. Mr. Bush’s efforts on behalf of contemporary music have earned him grants and awards from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Aaron Copland Fund, ASCAP, Chamber Music America, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Leon Fleisher. Mr. Bush has served on the faculty of the University of Michigan, and since 2012 has been a piano and chamber music faculty member at the University of South Carolina School of Music.