(COPAKE, N.Y.) – The Eccentric Beauties, composed of Dana Pielet and Rita Rack, will play piano for four hands at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Sunday, October 25, 2015, at 5pm. The all-French program will include works by Debussy, Bizet, Poulenc, Satie, and Ravel.
Pielet and Rack have been performing four-hand piano music for over 20 years. They met during their training and began performing together by accident, when a student recital came up short and they were asked to fill in. Quickly they discovered the joy of playing together and began their exploration of the four-hand piano repertoire. They have since performed in venues throughout New York and Connecticut.
Some of this concert’s music is well known in orchestrated versions, but all of it was originally written for four hands at one piano. From the evocative imagery of Debussy’s Petite Suite and Bizet’s charming Children’s Games to the drama of Poulenc’s Sonata, the humor of Satie’s Beautiful Eccentric, and the sheer beauty of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, this is some of the best four-hand music ever written.
An active solo performer, Pielet has appeared before audiences throughout the US and Australia. She has also recorded and broadcast for classical radio in Chicago, Los Angeles and Sydney. Dana studied at the Juilliard School, from which she holds both a Bachelor and Masters Degree. She is a certified Suzuki teacher and has studied in Japan with Shinichi Suzuki. Pielet was the first pianist to receive the Rudolph Ganz Memorial Award for two consecutive years at Juilliard, where she also held a fellowship. Other recognitions include the Chatauqua Institution Scholarship Award. She has studied with Beveridge Webster, Menahem Pressler, Lilian Kallir, Saul Dorfman, Miyoko Lotto, Linda Babits, and German Diez.
Rack is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University. She attended the Mannes School of Music and the Masters Degree Program in Performance at the City University of New York. She studied in France, at the Fontainbleau School of Music, and participated for two summers at the Aspen Festival of Music. Rack received her Suzuki Certificate from the School for Strings in New York. Rita has studied with Edith Oppens, Lilian Kallir, Arkady Aranov, Lucy Greene, Linda Babits, Menahem Pressler, and German Diez.
Roeliff Jansen Community Library, which is chartered to serve Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale, is located at 9091 Rt. 22 in Hillsdale, approximately one-half mile south of the light at the intersection of Routes. 22 and 23. For information on hours, events, call 518-325-4101, or visit the library’s website at Roeliff Jansen Community Library.