Paul J  Kohler small cropWith the Glorious Fourth within sight, pianist Paul Joseph Kohler celebrates with some musical fireworks at a midday recital Tuesday (July 2) at the Arizona Senior Academy at Academy Village.

It’s a patriotic, all-American program that Kohler, who is currently studying for a master’s degree in piano performance at the University of Arizona, offers listeners, filled with the beloved, the familiar and the unusual.

Into the first two categories, surely, fall three preludes by George Gershwin and some phenomenal pieces by pianist/transcriber Earl Wild, the “Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Popular Songs,” based on Gershwin classics like “The Man I Love,” “Fascinating Rhythm” and “I Got Rhythm.”

Some American folk music comes our way courtesy of cowboy-turned-pianist David Guion, as Kohler plays Guion’s version of “The Arkansas Traveler,” “The Scissors Grinder” and “The Harmonica Player.” The program ends with a familiar work, the “Marines’ Hymn,” transformed,  as Kohler plays a rarely heard concert paraphrase on the work by Jakob Gimpel.

Kohler began music study at the age of 12, showing a gift for the piano, organ and composition.  He has performed at the McClleland Arts Center, Columbia Theater and other venues. In 2010 he completed undergraduate studies in music and philosophy at Utah Valley University. He has studied with Michael Lobberegt of the Mozarteum, Sofia Rosoff (the major protégé of legendary piano pedagogue Abby Whiteside) and Steinway Artist Hilary Demske.  His current teacher is the esteemed pedagogue and performer Paula Fan.

The recital takes place at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy building.

Submitted by Susan Isaacs Nisbett, Academy Village Volunteer

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Pianist Offers Patriotic Program at Academy Village: July 2013
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