David Porter, piano
Mozart: Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
Ives: Emerson from Concord Sonata
Schubert: Sonata in B-flat Major, op. Posthumous
David Porter’s program will include Mozart’s Rondo in A minor, K. 511, considered by many to be among his finest works for solo piano; the massive first movement, Emerson, of Charles Ives’ famous Concord Sonata; and Franz Schubert’s Sonata in Bb Major, perhaps the most haunting of the three great piano sonatas that Schubert composed late in his career, and that were published only posthumously.
David Porter is the Harry C. Payne Visiting Professor of Liberal Arts at Williams, where he has taught since 1999. Although most of his teaching is in the Classics Department, he has played several concerts at Williams in recent years, among them a concert of works by Satie and Cage in 2000 and a performance in 2002 of Beethoven’s monumental Diabelli Variations.
Before coming to Williams, Dr. Porter taught classics and music at Carleton College for 25 years and was for twelve years president of Skidmore College. He has given recitals and lecture-recitals throughout the United States, in Great Britain, and on radio and TV, including programs in recent years at Skidmore College, Bennington College, Drew University, Whitman College, and at the Intermezzo Chamber Music Festival in Salt Lake City. Porter is the author of books on Horace and on Greek tragedy and of two monographs on Virginia Woolf, and editor, with Gunther Schuller and Clara Steuermann, of a book on pianist and Schoenberg colleague Edward Steuermann.