It is not often I get to hear two of our Classical Fellows in short proximity but such was the case May 6-12. Our 2006 Classical Fellows Spencer Myer and Stephen Beus each played a concert at London’s historic and prestigious Wigmore Concert Hall.
Spencer played on the evening of May 6 to an enthusiastic, wildly-applauding and cheering full house. No surprise, as the concert was marvelous from start to finish, with all the typical “Spencer” characteristics in abundance: gorgeous tone, elegant phrasing, attention to every detail of the score. The centerpiece of the program was Debussy’s Preludes, Book 1. Following the performance in London, Spencer departed for a lengthy concert tour of South Africa, playing concerti and solo recitals.
Stephen Beus played on the evening of May 12, his second engagement at Wigmore Hall in as many years. In the audience was APA Board member Janet Nine, who sponsored Stephen in his 2006 APA Fellowship, along with a devoted fan in London who graciously sponsored the Wigmore recital, and the director of the London International Piano Competition. The centerpiece of Stephen’s program was the great Chaconne of Bach/Busoni, and as that work came to its thunderous conclusion, the cheers and bravos resounded throughout the hall. In similar manner to Spencer, Stephen left the next day for a concert tour of the Czech Republic and a concluding tour performance in Paris.
And I left London the next day to go home to Indianapolis, feeling very good about American pianists in London!
- Joel M. Harrison, DMA
President/CEO and Artistic Director