Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Pianist Artis Wodehouse - April 2, 2006 Benefit Concert

Artis Wodehouse to Give Benefit Concert for the Katonah Village Library

Artis Wodehouse, pianist, reed organist and music historian, has graciously donated her time and talent to offer a special concert at the Katonah Village Library on April 2, 2006 at 4 p.m. Ms. Wodehouse is a specialist in historic sound recordings and a performer of new and neglected music.

The New York Times has called Ms. Wodehouse the “savior of the old and neglected.” Time Magazine called her internationally best-selling 1993 recording “Gershwin Plays Gerswhin: The Piano Rolls” on the Nonesuich label, “a remarkable example of technology put to the service of art.”

Ms. Wodehouse teaches locally at Bramson’s Music in Mount Kisco, New York. The suggested donation for the concert will be $5 per person.

As a pianist, organist and music historian, Artis Wodehouse has established herself as a specialist in historic sound recordings. She received a DMA in piano performance practice from Stanford University where she used early sound recordings to study 19th century piano performance style. She has recorded the electro-acoustic Invisible Cities by Michael McNabb on the Wergo Label, and music of Villa-Lobos with pianist Alfred Heller on Etcetera.

Most recently, Ms. Wodehouse realized a CD on the Warner Classics label, Zez Confrey Piano Rolls and Scores devoted to the American Jazz Age composer/pianist. Her CD is the first inclusive modern recording to show the range and scope of Confrey’s music for the player piano as well as for the human performer.

In addition to her doctorate from Stanford, Wodehouse holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Yale University and a Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music.