Recital Report: Pianist Spencer Myer

Spencer-58smallFollowing his appearance in last weekend’s concert pair by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, the pianist Spencer Myer hung around town helping out in some events benefitting the Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series, a series in which he has performed on three occasions–2006, 2008, and 2012. The weekend culminated in a Myer recital under the auspices of YPS in the memory of the organization’s late executive director, Sandra Murphy. That recital by Myer was held in the acoustically marvelous Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, which will be the new home for the Series beginning next season.

[My review of Myer’s performance with the KSO, “KSO Wraps 2013-14 With Its Best“]

Myer’s recital consisted of three sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti and a work that he is just now beginning to introduce into his recitals, Schumann’s Fantasie in C Major. The second half of the program turned to the 20th Century and Debussy’s Images, Book 2, then concluded with three rags from William Bolcom’s The Garden of Eden. For an encore, Myer offered up the Earl Wild arrangement of Gershwin’s “Embraceable You.”

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