Pianist/Composer/Arranger/Educator Amy Rubin will take us on a Musical journey where we’ll explore the magical world of rhythm, demystify the elements of music, and uncover the mysteries of the creative process. These programs are designed to be fun, entertaining, and informative.
Buried Treasures: Untold Stories and Music of Women Composers
Her interactive performance lecture will uncover the music and stories of Hildegarde of Bingen, Clara Schumann, Margaret Bonds, Chinquina Gonzaga and other women from times past and present. How were they able to balance societal expectations with the demands of being a creative artist?
Amy will perform their little known, but inspiring music.
Agony and Ecstasy: The Creative Process of Composing Music is an interactive performance lecture where we’ll learn about composers and their tools of the trade, find out how they make choices, hear stories about the struggles of Mozart, Beethoven Gershwin and others and watch while Amy composes something based on audience suggestions; finally, we’ll collaborate with Amy to create something new.
Fascinating Rhythms of North and South America
She’ll perform a solo piano concert featuring her own arrangements of America’s Gershwin and Joplin, Argentina’s Piazzolla and Brazil’s Nazareth and Gismonti, spiced with syncopated rhythms, and haunting melodies and harmonies. She’ll include some original compositions as well in a program guaranteed to make you want to dance.
Everything You Wanted to Know about Music but Were Afraid to Ask is a series of fun and interactive musical games led by Amy at the piano to explain and explore the elements of music.
Amy Rubin, pianist, composer, and speaker has written and performed music in all genres – for the concert stage, jazz ensemble, film, television and theater, both in the U.S. and abroad. As a member of the Humanities WA Speakers Bureau, she has toured WA with her innovative mixture of stories, visuals and live piano performance. She has presented at venues as diverse as the Shelton Performing Arts Center, the Monroe Reformatory, Walla Walla University, the Nisqually Tribal Library, the Icicle Creek Music Festival, and numerous universities, retirement facilities, libraries and museums. She was a Senior Fulbright Professor in Ghana and has taught full time at the Cornish College of the Arts, Fairleigh Dickinson University and SUNY at Stony Brook.