Alison Edwards, piano
"A Tribute to Earle Voorhies"
(CSUF Piano Faculty, 1970's-1990's)
Friday, January 31, 2014, 8pm
Meng Concert Hall
$15 ($13 Titan Discount)
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Beethoven: 32 Variations in C Minor
Beethoven: Bagatelles, Opus 126
Beethoven: Sonata in E Minor, Opus. 90
Debussy: Selected Preludes
Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E Major
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Alison Edwards pays tribute to her teacher, Earle C. Voorhies, longtime adjunct piano faculty member at CSUF from the 1970-'s to the early 1990's. Voorhies' career spanned more than 75 years as a performer, master teacher, lecturer and writer. His life-long commitment to teaching and his high artistic standards of excellence produced countless outstanding students. Many of these students have enjoyed careers in music as concert pianists, composers, conductors and music educators.
Voorhies attended the Juilliard School on a graduate fellowship in the 1930's. His legendary teachers were Alexander Siloti (student of Franz liszt), Olga Samaroff, Abby De Avirett, Rosina lhevinne, Harold Bauer and Egon Petri. During these early years, Earle enjoyed a career in solo performance in addition to touring as accompanist for the famed flamenco singer/dancer, Luisa Espinel. He was well-known as a writer for the “Advanced Piano”section of the California Music Teacher. These articles provide invaluable insight and expertise in the art of piano performance. Voorhies' connection with the 20th century performance and teaching world is unique, and his legacy lives on through his students.
Mr. Voorhies' last public performance was to a packed house at Harbeson Hall in Pasadena, California at the age of 79. Despite his failing health, his unending personal drive and passion for fine musical performance enabled him to continue teaching until just three weeks before his death in 2006.