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Music: 23 January 2017

23 January 2017

A reminder about the first of our Juilliard Artist visits on 10th February, and the benefits of singing in a choir.

Juilliard Artist Visit

St. Andrews is delighted to announce the first of our ‘Juilliard Artist’ visits. On February 10th the renowned pianist Kimball Gallagher will be joining the music department for the day.

Kimball has risen to prominence as one of the most dynamic and multifaceted artists on the musical stage today. His sensitive insights at the keyboard, coupled with his singular entrepreneurial sensibilities, have enabled him to explore a broad scope of creative endeavors.

Hailed by critics as a “dynamo,” whose performance was “sunlit and rapturous” and “like a lightning bolt,” Gallagher’s sold-out 2008 debut at Carnegie Hall launched his international 88- Concert Tour, which seeks to revive salon culture through a series of 200+ performances in a variety of non-traditional venues. Through these performances, Gallagher has blazed a trail across the 7 continents, appearing in 30 countries, and taken him to distinguished venues and intimate gatherings all over the world, from the Kennedy Center to Kabul, Bombay to Boulder, Chicago to Shanghai, and Tuscany to Tunisia. Highlights of recent tour seasons have included Gallagher’s debuts at the Cairo Opera House, the National Recital Hall in Taipei, the United Nations in New York, and the World Bank, as well as in private homes and more exotic venues throughout Paris, Alexandria, Burma, Dubai, Thailand, Fiji, India, and Antarctica. In Afghanistan, he performed at the German Embassy and taught master classes at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.

A prolific composer, Gallagher has written and debuted one prelude for each home concert on the 88 Concert Tour, which spells out the host’s name in a musical compositional system. His work written for the King of Thailand, was published by the Siam Society Journal and presented to King Bhumibol in celebration of his seventh cycle. The 88 Concert Tour will conclude with a culmination recital by Gallagher at Carnegie Hall on April 13, 2015, in New York City.

A native of Boston, Kimball Gallagher earned his undergraduate degree at Rice University in the studio of Jeanne Kierman-Fischer, and his Master of Music degree as a pupil of Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School. His life-long mentor, pianist Joseph Smith, is a mainstay of his musical development. A resident of New York City, he enjoys composing, writing and exploring various musical genres.

The day will be an amazing opportunity for our music students to work with a world class artist through performances and workshops. There will also be opportunities for parents to enjoy Kimball’s prolific performance talents.

More information about Kimball can be found here.

A timetable of events for the day will be published in the newsletter very soon.

Choir and Your Health

There has been a lot of research and recent media attention on the social and health benefits of singing in a choir. These benefits range from the release of dopamine and cortisol, which affect well-being and stress levels, to enhanced immune systems. To find out more about the benefits St. Andrews Choir members are gaining through their participation in our ECAs, please explore this link.