Fanning fetes 40 years teaching with a concert
MIDDLEBURY — Pianist Diana Fanning will celebrate 40 years of teaching piano at Middlebury College with a solo recital in the Robison Hall of the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 6, at 4 p.m.. The program will include beautiful and unusual works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and Janá?ek. The concert will also feature Brahms’ magnificent Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, one of the great masterpieces of the Romantic era.
Fanning has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, the Czech Republic, Holland and Germany. After a concert in Munich, a critic wrote that “Diana Fanning stunned her listeners with the rich spectrum of subtle colors and tonal nuances she revealed. Her recital seized the audience with a veritable deep magic.”
Fanning has performed on numerous occasions as a concerto soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Vermont Public Television featured her in a program of works by Scarlatti, Ravel and Chopin. Radio audiences hear her frequently over Vermont Public Radio, and she has performed live on “Morning Pro Musica” (WGBH-FM, Boston) and on WNYC, New York City.
Fanning has been a guest artist with the Takács, Jupiter and Alexander string quartets, and with ensembles from Point CounterPoint Music Camp, which she owned and directed for 10 years with her husband Emory Fanning. Her Duo with the outstanding Dutch cellist Dieuwke Davydov has performed widely in the U.S., including a Carnegie Recital Hall debut, and they will embark on their eighth concert tour in Europe in 2017.
Fanning’s CD of works by Janá?ek, Chopin and Debussy received enthusiastic reviews in England and the U.S. Her principal teacher has been Ruth Geiger of New York City. She is an Affiliate Artist of the Middlebury College Department of Music.
The March 6 concert is sponsored by the Middlebury College Music Department. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.