Whether it's a house concert, a short lunchtime recital, or an evening-length program, Danny Holt's solo piano concerts showcase his thoughtful and imaginative programming and his infectious enthusiasm for the music he performs. Audiences rave about his insightful and entertaining historical anecdotes that deepen the concert experience.
STANDARD SOLO PROGRAMS
Obscure and neglected treasures by the famous W.A. Mozart, alongside works by his father (Leopold) and his son (Franz Xaver).
Works by the lesser-known relatives of revered composers: C.P.E. Bach, Franz Xaver Mozart, Clara Wieck, and Fanny Hensel.
Holt's signature mixed programs delight and surprise audiences with unusual juxtapositions of the old and the new: A Brahms Intermezzo segues almost seamlessly into an explosive work by Charles Ives; Mozart sounds more baroque than Bach; early 20th century composers sound like Scott Joplin on steroids. A refreshing concert experience that leaves the audience inspired, entertained, and curious to hear even more.
20TH CENTURY AND CONTEMPORARY PROGRAMS
INNOVATORS, MAVERICKS, AND "BAD BOYS"
An immersive mutimedia performance that explores the music of a group of eccentric, radical, “ultramodern” composers from the early 20th century: Charles Ives, Erik Satie, Henry Cowell, George Antheil, Ruth Crawford, Carl Ruggles, and Conlon Nancarrow. Includes short films by Mareca Guthrie and a sound collage by Lewis Keller, plus biographical vignettes narrated by the late James Tenney.
Early 20th century repertoire by Copland, Villa-Lobos, Honegger, and Mosolov, representing musical inspirations from Mexico, Brasil, the Suisse-Romande, and Turkmenistan.