Dr. HEATHER TAVES & NADINA MACKIE JACKSON
My first concert with Dr Heather Taves will be the soaring Opus 94 Sonata in D Major by Prokofiev and the rugged and mysterious Sonata Concertante by Greek composer, Nikos Skalkattos on Monday, December 5 at 5 pm at Heliconian Hall,
the fifth concert in the Bassoon Out Loud series.
Dr. Heather Taves balances activities as concert pianist, composer, writer, piano professor, gardener, community sustainability advocate, and single mom. Heather has recorded five albums, and is the founder of the innovative Gallery Players of Niagara concert series, now in its 21st year. She is Head of Keyboard in the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, where she has captured attention for her ground-breaking teaching of creativity in performance. Her own compositions and improvisations have been recorded on two albums.
Heather got an early start in classical music when she left her home in Prince Edward Island to enter McGill University at age 16, where her solo performances were broadcast nationally by the CBC, and she performed the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 with the McGill Symphony Orchestra. She obtained a M.Mus degree from Indiana University and her doctorate at Stony Brook in New York, working with Menahem Pressler, Gyorgy Sebok, and Gilbert Kalish. Her interest in new music led her to work with such icons as John Cage, George Crumb, and Elliott Carter, whose Piano Sonata she has recorded.