Date & Time: Saturday March 16, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
Christoph Willibald Gluck: Ballet from Orphée et Eurydice
(arranged Greg Anderson)
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Concert Waltz, Opus 59
(arranged by Otto Singer)
Franz Schubert: Fantasie in f minor, Opus 103
Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in c minor
Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances
- No. 17 in f# minor – Andantino
- No. 11 in d minor – Poco Andante
- No. 4 in f minor – Poco sostenuto
Maurice Ravel: Ma Mere L’Oye (Mother Goose) Suite
- Sleeping Beauty’s Pavane
- Tom Thumb
- Little Miss Ugly Face, Empress of the Pagodas
- Conversations between the Beauty and the Beast
- The Magic Garden
About the Artists
Barbara Ruzicka and Kumi Uyeda are in love with four-hand music–the communication, conversation, and bringing the entire keyboard to life in all its sonority—they have found much comradery–sometimes it can be lonely just being a solo pianist! Their collaboration began in 2000 with concerts at such venues as UCSC, Ohlone College, Berkeley Piano Club, All Saints’ Carmel, Monterey Center for Spiritual Living, Carmel Presbyterian and soirees for the Carmel Music Society. They enjoy playing a range of styles and repertoire- from the profundity of the Schubert Fantasie to the emotional heart-on-the sleeve Brahms’ dances, discovering new gems and transcriptions and are in the process of having an original four-hand piece written for them.
Barbara Ruzicka, a Toronto, Canada native studied in the bay area with Francisco de Hoyos, Pablo Iturrioz, and most extensively and significantly with the esteemed Hungarian pianist, Sari Biro. As well as her solo performances in various venues, she joined forces with Kumiko Uyeda in their collaborative and joyful experiences with four-hand music and are known for their vivid and spirited performances. Barbara has maintained a private teaching studio in Carmel with a coterie of award winning students. She is very involved in Carmel’s vibrant music community, the Carmel Music Society, and the Young Artists Showcase of the Carmel Bach Festival.
Kumiko enjoys performing in various genres, including western art music, jazz-fusion, and collaborating with poets and musicians performing traditional world instruments. Kumiko is an adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches world music courses and piano. She received her Ph.D. in cultural musicology from UCSC, and her M.M. degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where she actively pursued contemporary music, and studied piano with Zenon Fishbein and Edna Golandsky. Kumiko performs with Duo Papillon (four-hand piano duo) and the Bridge Piano Quartet.