Guest pianist Stuart Leitch will perform “Musica Callada” (“Silent Music”) by Federico Mompou on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. at Hope College in the John and Dede Howard Recital Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Mompou (1893-1987) was a composer and pianist most celebrated for his solo piano music. His work, influenced by his Catalan heritage and the French modernists, is often described as delicate and intimate.
Previously a member of the ONCE ensemble in Ann Arbor, Leitch has performed in concerts with guest appearances by national and international leaders of the musical avant-garde, including John Cage, Morton Feldman and Luigi Nono.
In New York from 1965 to 1970, he transcribed books of country blues in collaboration with the guitarist Stefan Grossman. He also worked with a rock band, Children of Paradise, touring, recording and creating music for Brian De Palma’s early film “Hi, Mom!”
Leitch moved to the Chicago area to work in opera, coaching singers privately and accompanying rehearsals for Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chicago Opera Theater. He founded Chamber Opera Chicago and directed it for three years. He was staff accompanist for a year at Northern Illinois University, and then shifted his focus to solo piano and chamber music. In Chicago he played in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, in Schubertiade Chicago and in broadcasts by WFMT-FM. Leitch studied at Oberlin College, Valparaiso University, and studied under several private teachers in Chicago.