Pianist Blair McMillen to Perform at St. Lawrence

Pianist, chamber musician, conductor and improviser Blair McMillen will perform a solo recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in St. Lawrence University’s Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall.

The New York Times has described McMillen as “riveting,” “prodigiously accomplished and exciting” and one of piano’s “brilliant stars.” The musician plays a variety of musical styles, from medieval keyboard manuscripts to improvisation-based music of all types. McMillen frequently collaborates with composers and artists of other genres in commissioning works that stretch the boundaries of the piano and the traditional recital format. He has recently performed in Carnegie Hall, as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, Bang on a Can’s 25th anniversary marathon, Miller Theatre's “Piano Revolution” series, the Moscow Conservatory, the Metropolitan Museum and CalArts. He co-founded (and co-directs) the Rite of Summer Music Festival on Governors Island, N.Y., an outdoor alt-classical festival that launched its third season in 2013. 

Residing in New York City, McMillen holds degrees from Oberlin College, Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. He currently serves as artist in residence Bard College Conservatory of Music. 

McMillen will perform music by Granados, Cage, Debussy, Ives and Mussorgsky.

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