Jazz pianist Fred Hersch will perform in Skinner Recital Hall at Vassar College on Saturday March 25, at 8 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Hersch is a classically trained pianist and composer who has frequently appeared as a soloist with symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Europe even while cultivating long-time associations with numerous jazz masters, including saxophonists Joe Henderson and Stan Getz, vibraphonist Gary Burton, bassist Charlie Haden, and clarinetist Eddie Daniels. After 20 years of near universal acclaim, 15 albums, and two Grammy nominations, Hersch has finally gained wide recognition as a major keyboard artist. Downbeat called him "one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation," and the The New Yorker described him as "a poet of a pianist . . . He's one of the few young jazz pianists who can pull off an evening of solo improvisation." Hersch has become increasingly known for his extraordinary solo performances. Nonesuch recently released "Thelonious," a solo disc of compositions by Thelonious Monk, which the Village Voice characterized as "a triumph of making the familiar new."
For additional information, call the Department of Music at (914) 437-7294. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations may contact Cathy Jennings, Office of Campus Activities, (914) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request appropriate and reasonable accommodations.