When Nicholas Tkach takes the stage to perform his new piano concerto, it will be the culmination of many months of hard work. “On average, I think I spent about an hour for each measure of music” says the Middlebury College senior, a double major in music and math from Little Silver, New Jersey. With the composition completed, Tkach is still practicing the devilishly difficult piano part.
“It’s a huge task to write a piece for orchestra, let alone a concerto in which the composer is also the soloist,” notes Tkach’s teacher, music department chair and Christian A. Johnson Professor of Music at Middlebury, Peter Hamlin. Tkach’s new work and a Requiem for choir and orchestra by another Middlebury senior, Noah Silverstein, “have really taken shape beautifully. It’s been a thrill for me as their teacher to have this ringside seat for observing creativity.”
Silverstein, a double major in music and neuroscience from Hyde Park, Vermont, has written a setting of the traditional Latin Requiem Mass that “draws on a wide range of styles, traditions, and ideas.” Silverstein, like Tkach, devoted a significant amount of time to creating the piece but also notes that “sometimes I would look up at the clock and realize that I had been sitting at my computer working on the score for three hours without realizing it had been so long.”
Hamlin will also have a work on the program, a piece for string orchestra and harp called Manitou Rising that he composed several years ago.
The concert will be conducted by Andrew Massey, in his second season as director of the Middlebury College Orchestra.
For further information, please contact Peter Hamlin at email@example.com or the music department at 80-443-5221.