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Solo Piano Music of Judith Shatin Performed by Michael Bukhman on January 19

January 17, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or

Judith Shatin’s Widdershins for solo piano will be performed by Michael Bukhman on Saturday, January 19 at 4:30 PM as part of his recital in Warner Concert Hall of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 77 West College Street in Oberlin, Ohio.

The composer writes, “Widdershins is a little-known English word meaning contrary or counterclockwise. When I first heard the word, in conversation with my father, I was taken with its sound; when I learned its meaning, I realized how suggestive it was for musical interpretation. The three-movement piece that resulted reflects the title in intervallic choices, motivic relationships and contours. The word “widdershins” also suggested the transformations of the piece’s harmonic surface, the background of which consists of three seventh chords – chords that together create the entire twelve-note collection. The first movement, Energetic, is a distorted scherzo whose syncopated rhythms give the action an angular feeling. The second movement, Tranquil, uses the same harmonic background, but in a more expansive, even luxrious, manner. The third movement, Savage, whirls to the close.”

Published by Arsis Press, Widdershins was recorded by pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst on Tower of the Eight Winds, a CD of Shatin’s violin and piano music on the Innova label.

Other works on the January 19 program are Rachmaninov’s Etude-Tableaux in E-flat minor, Op. 39, No. 5, Beethoven’s Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 26, Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat Major, Op. 61, Janacek’s Piano Sonata and Medtner’s Sonata Tragica, Op. 39, No. 5.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more about pianist Michael Bukhman and the performance, visit

Called “highly inventive...hugely enjoyable and deeply involving” by the Washington Post and "exuberant and captivating" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Judith Shatin's music is renowned for its dramatic shape and imaginative blending of acoustic and digital media, as well as her work in each. Orchestras that have performed her music include the Denver, Houston, Virginia, Illinois, Knoxville, Minnesota, National and Richmond Symphonies. Her chamber and choral music is internationally performed and has been featured at festivals throughout North America and Europe. She has been commissioned by organizations and ensembles including the Barlow Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Kronos Quartet, Library of Congress, National Symphony, the Dutch Hexagon Ensemble, the Peninsula Women’s Chorus and the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus.

Ravello Records has reissued Judith Shatin's acclaimed CD Piping the Earth - Her music can also be heard on the Innova, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at

For press inquiries about Judith Shatin, contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or





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