ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – Wednesday, December 16, 2020 – St. Mary’s College of Maryland Musician in Residence Brian Ganz resumes his popular PianoTalk series, now in a virtual format. In his PianoTalks, Brian takes music-lovers behind the scenes with great works of music and then performs them. His discussions shed light on subtle aspects of musicianship and piano technique “between the lines” of great musical masterpieces, revealing the ingenuity of the composer and the artistry of the interpreter.

In PianoTalk No. 1, he discusses and performs Chopin’s beloved Etude in E major, Op. 10, No. 3, explaining the technical challenge of “voicing,” or bringing out melodic lines and subduing accompanying voices.

In PianoTalk No. 2 he begins a series of explorations of what he calls “Chopin’s Creative Laboratory: Mining the Mazurkas for Experiments in Sound.” He examines and performs Mazurka in A-flat major, Op. 41, No. 3, which features an experiment in four-part harmony and a hauntingly incomplete final phrase.

Also, St. Mary’s College Department of Music’s PING Ensemble featuring students – Enrique A Mas Lebron, Michael Casey, Caroline Colina, Tibby Cosham, Thomas Dolan, Josh Dubois, Emma Huckabee, Ezra Huckabee, Jonathan Parsons, Rachel Steelman, Gretchen Young – perform a number of “Hamilton” highlights in a video produced and directed by Professor of Music Larry Vote.

According to Vote, “I think this video shows some of the best qualities of our students and the messages in the songs are quite timely given our current challenges and opportunities.”

Both PianoTalks and the full “Hamilton” highlights videos can be found on the St. Mary’s College Music department webpage.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the National Public Honors College, is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education through 2024-2025. St. Mary’s College is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Approximately 1,600 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary’s River in Southern Maryland.