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Salon Series: Two Pianos, Eight Hands
November 14, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm$6 – $12
A concert series curated by Andrew Nitkin with cabaret-style seating on stage with the performers in the Wharton Black Box Theater which serves as the setting for an intimate concert. Join us for an afternoon of Two Pianos, Eight Hands with Ryan Bridge, Po-Wei Ger, Diana Lin, and Eric Olsen.
Tickets are $12/Adults and $6/Students & Seniors. CLICK HERE for tickets. FREE for WIPA Students. Tickets also available at the door. Mask and proof of Full Vaccination Card required at the door.
ABOUT RYAN BRIDGE
Pianist Ryan Bridge is a multifaceted artist whose work traverses a variety of musical genres. As a solo pianist, Bridge has performed in venues such as the Curtis Institute’s Field Hall, Manhattan School of Music’s Greenfield Hall, the Steinway Gallery of New Jersey, and Steinway Hall of New York City, and has participated in music festivals including the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, Miami Music Festival, and the Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy. A believer in musical activism, Bridge organized a concert in May 2020 to raise funds for the Artist Relief Fund which provided grants for those working in creative fields who were put in dire financial situations by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a composer and improviser, Bridge’s music has been heard at the John Cage Centennial Festival in Washington D.C., the SoundSCAPE festival in Maccagno, Italy, and has been performed by the Montclair State University Wind Symphony. As a collaborator, Bridge has performed in numerous recitals and has collaborated with a number of opera companies and opera programs in productions of Hansel und Gretel, Carmen, and Le Nozze di Figaro. In addition to his private teaching studio, Bridge is an instructor of piano at the Wharton Institute for Performing Arts and Virtu Academy.
ABOUT PO-WEI GER
Pianist Po-Wei Ger is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at Yale School of Music with Dr. Melvin Chen. Ger began studying piano at the age of seven in Taiwan. He was selected to perform in the prizewinner concert of the Mozarteum University Summer Academy in 2012 as part of the Salzburg Festival. During his Bachelor of Music degree study with Dr. Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music, Ger collaborated with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra in both 2015 and 2016. He was a prizewinner in the Panama International Piano Competition in 2016 and 2018. An avid chamber musician, Ger has appeared in the master class series of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center under the guidance of Gilbert Kalish. He and his chamber partners won the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition at the Manhattan School of Music and have performed in the Vista Chamber Music Series of Yale School of Music. He was one of the three pianists in the 2019 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and will be perform in the Taos School of Music (postponed from summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
ABOUT DIANA LIN
Pianist Diana Lin has performed on the stages of Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Steinway and Sons Hall, and Manhattan School of Music. She has won top prizes at the NJMTA Young Musician Competition, Professional Music Teacher’s Guild of New Jersey, and Cecilian Young Musician Competition. In addition, she has participated in master classes led by Jerome Lowenthal and Jonathan Feldman. She has also performed at the PianoSummer at New Paltz Institute, Summit Music Festival, and International Academy of Music at Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italia. She has enjoyed performing for seniors at assisted living centers in New Jersey since 2007; venues include Franciscan Oaks of Denville, Brookdale Florham Park, and Sunrise of Morris Plains. Born and raised in New Jersey, Lin began her studies at age 5. Her principal piano and chamber teachers include David Dubal, Laurie Carney, Jon Klibonoff, Raymond Beegle, Alexander Rees, Stella Xu, and Grace Kuo. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Classical Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Phillip Kawin as a recipient of the President’s Award and MSM Scholarship.
ABOUT ERIC OLSEN
Eric Olsen has crafted a distinguished career in both classical and jazz music as a pianist and organist, composer, and conductor. His recordings include Dyad, a collaborative jazz/classical duet with alto saxophonist Louis Caimano, his most recent release, and Jazz Inspired Classics, featuring works by American composers including Copland, Schuller, Gould, and Nancarrow. As composer and leader of his long-standing jazz group Urban Survival, Olsen released two CD’s, one with acclaimed tenor saxophonist George Garzone. He has also performed with guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Cherry, sideman to Dizzy Gillespie. He has accompanied operatic bass Kevin Maynor on three recordings, the Grammy-nominated CD The Black Art Song, Jazz Hymns, and From Another American. Olsen recently collaborated with Kevin Maynor and former New Jersey Poet Laureate Amiri Baraka on his multimedia work Sisyphus Syndrome, and on a performance of Dorothy Rudd Moore’s opera Frederick Douglas. As an accompanist, Olson has worked with the internationally renowned vocal studios of Betty Allen, Klara Barlow, Walter Cassel, Giorgio Tozzi, and Virginia Zeani. Olsen has performed at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, and the Knitting Factory in New York and in India and New Zealand. Olsen has been a featured soloist with the Livingston Symphony, the Central Jersey Symphony, and the Orchard Park Symphony and a featured jazz performer at the AT&T, Berk’s, and Asbury Park Jazz Festivals. Currently Director of Music and Organist at the Union Congregational Church in Montclair, he has conducted Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bush’s Christmas Cantata, Flagello’s The Passion of Martin Luther King, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Part I, and Pärt’s Berlin Mass with members of the New Jersey Symphony. He has performed the first act of Wagner’s Die Walküre on piano and selections from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde on organ with his wife, Pamela Olsen, an accomplished soprano. In addition to serving on the faculty of Wharton’s Performing Arts School, Olsen is an Adjunct Faculty member at Montclair State University. He holds two Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Jazz Studies from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music degree with High Distinction in Piano and Organ Performance from Syracuse University.