Western's Sanford-Hill Piano Series to host Spencer Myer Jan. 28

Western Washington University’s prestigious Sanford-Hill Piano Series presents Spencer Myer live on stage in the Concert Hall on Friday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Proof of vaccination and/or negative COVID status will be required for admittance. Please check Western’s website for details before arriving at the venue.

Lauded for “superb playing” and “poised, alert musicianship” by The Boston Globe and labeled “definitely a man to watch” by London’s The Independent, American pianist Myer is one of the most respected and sought-after artists on today’s concert stages.

The program includes Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 27 in e minor,” Libby Larsen’s “4 ½ - A Piano Suite,” “Pour le Piano” by Debussy, and close with Chopin’s “The Four Ballades.”

Myer will conduct a masterclass for Western piano students on Saturday, January 29 at 10 a.m. in the Concert Hall. The masterclass is free and open to the public who are welcome to observe.

Spencer Myer’s current season includes touring throughout the United States, highlighted by a return to the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, and a return recital tour in Nova Scotia, Canada. He continues as half of the Daurov/Myer Duo, having teamed up with the award-winning cellist Adrian Daurov in 2012.

Myer presented a recorded performance with commentary and live Q&A to WWU piano fans in April 2021 in lieu of a scheduled live appearance. He last performed live with the Sanford-Hill Piano Series in 2017.

Spencer Myer’s orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been soloist with, among many others, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boise, Dayton, Evansville, Louisiana, Massapequa, Northeastern Pennsylvania and Rhode Island philharmonic orchestras, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Altoona, Bangor, Baton Rouge, Bozeman, Canton, Chattanooga, Duluth Superior, Flagstaff, Grand Junction, Indianapolis, Juneau, Knoxville, Longmont, Macon, Missoula, New Haven, Omaha, Phoenix, Ridgefield, San Juan, Santa Fe, Springfield (MA, MO, OH), Traverse, Tucson and Wyoming symphony orchestras, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Ohio’s ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, New York City’s The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Canada’s Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Mexico’s Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, South Africa’s Cape Town and Johannesburg philharmonic orchestras and Beijing’s China National Symphony Orchestra.

He has collaborated with, among others, conductors David Bernard, Nicholas Cleobury, Kayoko Dan, David Danzmayr, Robert Franz, Neal Gittleman, Bernhard Gueller, Jacques Lacombe, Jahja Ling, Dirk Meyer, Elliot Moore, Timothy Muffitt, Maurice Peress, Kyle Wiley Pickett, Arthur Post, Kevin Rhodes, Lucas Richman, Matthew Savery, Alfred Savia, Klauspeter Seibel, Steven Smith, Gerald Steichen, Arjan Tien, Peter Stafford Wilson and Victor Yampolsky. His 2005 recital/orchestral tour of South Africa included a performance of the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, followed by six return orchestra and recital tours between 2006 and 2018.

Spencer Myer is a Steinway Artist. Learn more about Spencer Myer at spencermyer.com.

Tickets for the concert are available via the Western Box Office at (360) 650-6146 and online at tickets.wwu.edu. Discounts are available for students, WWU Music majors, music teachers, and staff and faculty of Western. Complimentary parking is available for all Sanford-Hill Piano Series patrons in Lot 7G on the north end of campus near the intersection of Maple and Billy Frank, Jr.

The Sanford-Hill Piano Series was established in 2002 by Professor Emeritus of Music, Ford Hill, and his former student, Sibyl Sanford. Professor of Piano Jeffrey Gilliam is the Artistic Director. All box office proceeds fund piano scholarships at Western.