Fall '17 and Spring '18 Events
“Within the first few phrases, I knew we were hearing the finest of the three performances. Gretchen is the type performer who commands all attention in the hall. When she plays, you cannot sit there, daydream, think about what you are doing later in the day, etc. Her playing demands the listener’s attention, whether she is playing a blistering passage with lots of notes, or whether she has decided to elongate a fermata…Gretchen’s conceptual clarity is extraordinary.”
-John Spradling, Past president of Civic Morning Musicals in Syracuse, NY
“It’s said that youth is wasted on the young. Not in the case of pianist Gretchen Hull, who is both very young and musically mature.
“With long, long, graceful fingers and arms that recall the fluid motion of the solo ballerina in Swan Lake, she tossed off incredibly difficult and physically punishing works by Bach, Beethoven, Messiaen, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and more.
Her piano touch ranges from velvety soft to hugely aggressive and percussive. Her face reflects the same huge range of emotions, from despair to delight, from tenderness to turbulence, which she injects into the music and projects to the audience.
“A highlight of the program, Hull played a Messiaen piece depicting various scenes from the life of the infant Jesus. Both a lullabye to the baby, and a reaction to a kiss received from the baby, the piece is all rapturous sonorities and dissonances, best listened to with one’s eyes closed.
As icing on the cake, she tossed off a lightning-fast encore — Chopin’s Black Key Etude. When this Expressions show airs, don’t adjust your sets. Yes, her hands were a complete blur.”
-Lee Shepherd, Broome County Arts Council 10/12
Spring 2017 Tour Overview
Gretchen Hull's spring 2017 recital program featured well-known and beloved repertoire of Chopin, Ravel, Mozart, and Messiaen with lesser-known works of unusual and often unearthly beauty by a group of seldom-heard Norwegian composers. Having recently given a lecture recital on the piano repertoire of five Norwegian composers of the early 20th century, Gretchen performed music from this nordic program on the east and west coasts of America in a tour named after a Hardanger folksong transcribed and adapted by Geirr Tveitt. Performances were held in California, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and New York. Norwegian composers included:
David Monrad Johansen
Recent Event Gallery
See photos below from the 2016/17 venues, including concerts at:
Roberts Wesleyan Cultural Enrichment Series (Rochester, NY)
Houghton College Artist series (Houghton, NY)
Messiah College, Guest Artist (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Winchester Cultural Center (Las Vegas, NV)
GVPC: Live! (Las Vegas, NV)
Legacy (Rochester, NY)
Deerfield Recital Series (Elmer, NJ)
1867 Sanctuary at Ewing (Ewing, NJ)
Rochester Christian Reformed Church (Rochester, NY)
Sunnyvale Presbyterian (Sunnyvale, CA)
Nativity Lutheran Church Recital Series (Reading, PA)
Benefit Concert for JMB Foundation at the Ethical Society at Rittenhouse Square, PA (Philadelphia, PA)
Lecture Recital at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)