2017 Programs at Gustin House ~ In Praise of the Queen of Instruments
The piano–magnificently expressive, powerful, versatile, and loved by amateur and professional alike all over the world–has been called the Queen of Instruments. It has been described as "the single great factor in the development of musical art and the dissemination of musical knowledge."
To celebrate the star instrument of musical history and to mark another stage in the process of restoring the historic Gustin Steinway grand piano, Gustin House presents a series of four programs during 2017 featuring visiting pianists associated with the Lyell Gustin Piano Studios.
In Praise of the Queen of Instruments ~ The Composer Speaks
Sunday, October 1, at 3:00 p.m.
Gustin House, 512 - 10th St. East, Saskatoon
Admission: $25 regular / $15 student
(proceeds to artists and inter-arts programs at Gustin House)
Reservations required due to space limits ~ early reservation recommended.
Please inform of changes.
To reserve, call (306) 373-9103, or e-mail (see sidebar at left)
David L. McIntyre, pianist, is living his childhood dream of being a composer. For many, an aura of awe and even mystery surround the creative process of musical composition. We may well ask, what impels Mr. McIntyre to write music? And though we hear him through his compositions, what more can he tell us about that music and about the process by which it came to be?
In a program featuring his Nocturnes for solo piano, Mr. McIntyre discusses this set of very personal pieces, composed between 1990 and 2017. While he will perform most of the works, Saskatoon pianist Gregory Schulte will give the world premiere of Nocturne for Ruth (2016).
Besides composing for piano, voice, and choral and chamber ensembles, Mr. McIntyre performs as a solo pianist and collaborative artist with instrumentalists and singers. He fulfills public and private commissions from musical organizations, artists and individuals across Canada, and several of his works have garnered an international reputation. Born in Edmonton and a longtime resident of Regina, Mr. McIntyre counts among his earliest music teachers his uncle Roy Morden, a graduate of the Lyell Gustin Studios.
Mr. McIntyre remarks that he has drawn much inspiration from Igor Stravinsky’s statement in Poetics of Music: "I approve of daring, I set no limits to it!" Through performance and the spoken word, he will offer unique insight into a composer’s thought and creative process.