Percy Grainger America announces its 2018 Spring Lecture Series featuring three internationally acclaimed speakers whose work spans a variety of musical mediums and includes expertise on Grainger, his music and his life. The presenters, long time members of the Grainger Society, include Mark N. Grant, Dana Paul Perna, and Barry Peter Ould.
Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961) was an internationally known composer, arranger and pianist who made his home in White Plains, New York from 1921 until his death in 1961. Grainger was heavily influenced by English folk music, which he arranged for keyboard instruments, chamber ensembles, and both solo voice and chorus. He is probably best remembered for Country Gardens and for the orchestral work Molly on the Shore. Other orchestral works are Shepherd’s Hey and Mock Morris. In his chamber works, notably the two Hill Songs for 23 and 24 solo instruments, he experimented with novel rhythmic and structural forms. He spent the last years of his live experimenting with “free music.”
“We are so pleased launch this series and invite musicians and the community alike to share a snapshot of Grainger’s life and work,” noted Barry Peter Ould, president of the International Percy Grainger Society and board member of Percy Grainger America. “He was a fascinating character, a true inspiration to musicians and anyone involved in the creative arts, really.” The Grainger Home will be open from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm on lecture days, with house tours at 2 pm and 3pm. All lectures commence at 4 pm on three consecutive Sundays: April 29, May 6 and May 13. Admission is $10, $15 at the door. Grainger Society members admitted free. Questions about the series can be directed to (914) 281-1610.