Fall '17 and Spring '18 Events

May 20th, 12:30pm

Recital at Kjerringøy Kirke

An afternoon concert at the church in Kjerringøy, Norway, featuring works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, and Geirr Tveitt.

April 7th, 7:30

Final Doctoral Recital

This final doctoral recital will feature works by Bach, Beethoven, Scriabin (Sonata-Fantasy, No. 2), Liszt, and others.

Rock Hall, Temple University

February 11, 3:00pm

Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor

Performing with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra in Haverford, PA

Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor

November 19, 2:30pm, 2017

Saint-Saëns at Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg, PA

Performing Saint-Saëns's Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor with the Bloomsburg University Community Orchestra

 

December 12, 12:00pm, 2017

Harpsichord Recital

Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Noontime Harpsichord Recital series

Featuring works by Handel, Rameau, and Scarlatti

Adagio in G Major, BWV 968 Johann Sebastian Bach, Transcribed, arranged: Anonymous

 

Suite in A Major, HWV 426 George Frideric Handel

I. Praeludium

II. Allemande

III. Courante

IV. Gigue

 

Jean-Philippe Rameau:

Pièces de Clavecin, Suite in D Major, RCT 3, VI. L'entretien des Muses

 

Domenico Scarlatti: 

Sonata in C Sharp Minor, K. 246

Sonata in C Sharp Minor, K. 257

November 18, 4:30pm, 2017

Giving masterclass at Bloomsburg University

Bloomsburg, PA

 

November 6, 7:30 pm, 2017

Ballet Mécanique

Philadelphia, PA

 

Temple Performing Arts Center: A performance of George Antheil's incredibly avant-garde work, this piece was originally scored for 2 pianos, 16 four-part player pianos, 3 xylophones, electric bells, propellers, siren, bass drums, and tamtam.  This performance is a collaboration involving the Temple University Percussion Ensemble and four pianists including Dr. Charles Abramovic.

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“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
http://johnspradling.com

 

 

 

 

 


 

“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

http://www.broomearts.org/broome-arts-mirror/review/gretchen-hull-young-in-years-mature-in-performance/

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:

Edvard Grieg

Christian Sinding

Fartein Valen

David Monrad Johansen

Harald Sæverud

Geirr Tveitt

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)