At Berkshire Community College's main campus, in the Koussevitzky Arts Center, room 111, on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 12:15 p.m. the FORUM program will feature an afternoon of music by George Gershwin with Lincoln Mayorga...a pianist known as a legend of versatility.
Find a musician who is equally versatile and virtuosic regardless of musical genres and you've found Lincoln Mayorga. The range of his professional success transcends the varied worlds of classical music, popular music, and jazz.
For many years, Lincoln enjoyed one of the busiest studio careers in Hollywood. He was the staff pianist for Walt Disney Studios and contributed to the soundtracks of such motion pictures as "Chinatown," "Pete's Dragon," "The Competition," "The Rose," and "Ragtime" to name a few.
As pianist, arranger, and conductor, Lincoln made many recordings with such artists as Marni Nixon, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Vikki Carr, Mel Torme, Phil Ochs, Andy Williams, Frank Zappa, and Quincy Jones.
Lincoln has taken his diverse 18th through 21st century repertoire to more than two-hundred cities across the United States, Canada, Europe and Russia. His performing collaborations have been with such musicians as Itzhak Perlman, Richard Stoltzman, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwarz, and many distinguished American orchestras.
He has become recognized as a champion of American music. The Moscow Philharmonic invited him to perform Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue and "I Got Rhythm" Variations, on their first concert devoted to American music. The recordings derived from that concert have been widely praised in the music press and are often played on the radio.
Lincoln has been the featured guest on "Piano Jazz," Marion McPartland's popular program on National Public Radio. He recently completed the composition of a piano concerto," Angels' Flight," a nostalgic tribute to the city of Los Angeles and the cinematic musical idiom. This work had its first performance with the composer as soloist, assisted by the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.
With the Harmonie Ensemble conducted by Steven Richman, Mayorga is featured soloist on the 2010 Harmonia Mundi release, "Gershwin and Grofe -- Original orchestrations and arrangements." This recording has made the top ten in the Billboard classical charts.
This is clearly a performance to be remembered. The public is welcome and there is no charge.