Lecture Recital with Nana Miyoshi
15-year-old piano prodigy Nana Miyoshi is coming all the way to Sag Harbor from Japan, with special repertory that highlights the works of Florence Beatrice Price and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, two Black composers who are currently enjoying a renaissance through performances aroudn the world, in addition to classics by Beethoven, Clara Schumann, and others. This unique program was crafted excluseively for The Church in collaboaration with the Alexander & Buono Foundation, and the event will aslo include a lecture by Barry Alexander and Cosmo Buono that discusses the rich histories of the composers and the music performed.
A special emphasis will be placed on exploring the composition of Florence Beatrice Price (American, 1887 – 1953). Price has over 300 works that were forgotten and only discovered after her death; finally, Price is gaining the international recognition and acclaim she deserves. The 90-minute concert will include a performance of Price’s, Sonata in E-minor, with a brief introduction of the piece, noting Price’s career and newfound fame as a Black female composer. The rest of the recital features a standard repertoire that includes the works of Clara Schumann, Ludwig van Beethoven, among other notable composers.
Thomas Edison once said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” If there is a connection between genius and hard work, it is amply demonstrated in Nana Miyoshi and the pursuit of her dream to become a concert pianist. Speaking on Miyoshi, The Alexander & Buono Foundation (ABF) states, “Having begun her piano studies at age three, it seems hard to imagine that at fifteen Nana has already worked at her craft for over a decade. Audiences continue to be inspired by her focus, dedication, and promise, and all of us at ABF consider it a privilege to guide her career path.”