Pianist Daniel Pesca to perform Friday



      Up-and-coming pianist and composer Daniel Pesca will perform in recital this week at the Pitt-Bradford.

The recital will take place at 7 p.m. on February 22 in Blaisdell Hall’s Bromeley Family Theater. It is a free offering of the university’s Spectrum Series.

            Pesca will perform Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata, Op. 1; Ludwig van Beethoven’s Bagatelles, Op. 126; and David Crumb’s “Red Desert Triptych.”

 “I’ve known Daniel for many years, and he’s an incredibly gifted musician,” said Dr. John Levey, assistant professor of music. “His program includes established masterworks, but also a recent piece by a living American composer. It will be new to just about everyone, so that’s exciting.”

            Pesca has performed at the Kennedy Center, Miller Theater, and the Chicago Cultural Center. In the past year, he has performed concertos with the Slee Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the League of Composers, Eastman BroadBand and Musica Nova. In April 2013, he will perform Elliot Carter’s Double Concerto at Zankel Hall. He spent several summers at Aspen as an orchestral piano fellow and pianist of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.

Pesca’s work as pianist and harpsichordist can be heard on CDs from Urtext Classics and Block M Records. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in composition at Eastman School of Music where he studies piano with Nelita True.

            More information about the Spectrum Series is available by contacting Patty Colosimo, coordinator of arts programming, at (814) 362-5155. For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814) 362-7609.