Two Pianos, Different Temperaments
Sunday, February 23, 3 p.m.
Great Hall, Peterson Student Center
Willis "Chip" Miller, piano
There is no charge for admission
Pianist Willis "Chip" Miller will returning to St. John's College in a program that features him playing on two different pianos—one tuned according to the modern equal temperament and one to an older temperament, such as was used in the time of Bach and in which the different key signatures possess audibly different characters. His program will illustrate Bach's sensitivity to key color and personality by coupling each of a number of romantic pieces with a selection from Bach's Well Tempered Clavier in the same key. The romantic pieces will consist of Book IV of Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words" (in A-flat, E-flat, G Minor, F, A Minor, and A), two Preludes by Rachmaninov (in D and G-sharp Minor), and a Prelude (in E) and two Etudes (in C-sharp minor and E) by Chopin.
Dr. Miller began piano studies at age four and had his professional debut at age 11. He has received international recognition at the Young Keyboard Artists Association, Music Teacher's National Association Competition, and the Stravinsky International Piano Competition. He received his bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, his master's from Eastman, and his doctorate from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. Dr. Miller has held a private studio for more than 10 years and has been a guest artist and faculty member at the Austin Waldorf School, the University of Houston, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Interlochen Pathfinder School, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Since 2003, he has specialized in the music of J. S. Bach.