MISSOULA – Two pianists hailed as “the most dynamic duo of this generation” by the San Francisco Classical Voice will visit Missoula this month to engage in three interrelated activities at the University of Montana.
Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe, known as the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 18-19, to perform two children’s concerts, provide a masterclass for UM music majors and Montana music teachers, and perform a public recital for the Missoula community.
The Palm Beach Daily News described their performance as “glorious” and “something rarely encountered in concert-going.”
UM music Professor Hesla began negotiating with the duo’s New York City agent more than a year ago to bring them to Missoula as part of the UM Keyboard Division’s “Celebrate Piano Series.”
“They played the headliner recital for more than 2,000 people at the national conference of the Music Teachers National Association in March of 2013,” Hesla said. “I’ve attended more than 30 national conferences and have never seen a normally sedate audience go so bonkers over the featured artists.”
The duo will come to Missoula after engagements in Estonia, Germany and Switzerland. Their Missoula residency will begin on Tuesday with two UM-sponsored children’s concerts for students from the Missoula County Public Schools and other Missoula-area schools.
“We’re excited that more than 1,400 fifth-graders will get to see the duo perform in UM’s George and Jane Dennison Theatre,” Hesla said.
Hesla explained that the impetus for the children’s concerts came from the Kennedy Center selecting MCPS as one of only a handful of school districts in the nation to be part of their “Any Given Child” program.
The goal of the “Any Given Child” initiative is to create full and equal access to the arts. To that end, UM’s Keyboard Division donated the concert to area children, passing only minimal fixed theater costs to the schools. The concerts are slated for 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
Anderson & Roe will also present a free masterclass from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for UM music majors and Montana State Music Teachers Association Conference attendees. Members of the general public are welcome to attend the masterclass in UM’s Music Recital Hall, for free.
The duo’s visit will culminate with a public concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, in UM’s Dennison Theater. Tickets cost $15, $25 or $35 and are available online at http://www.umt.edu/griztix/ or by calling the UMArts Box Office at 406-243-4581.
“Anderson and Roe are the globe’s biggest stars among piano duos,” Hesla said. “This is a rare opportunity to hear the best in the business, and, with repertoire from Mozart to Star Wars, their programs are so varied that everyone will find something to love.”