EVENTS


Highlights of upcoming
performances: 

Sweden
March 2020

United States Tour
2021


Highlights of recent past
performances: 

Kenya, Africa
May 1–5, 2019

January 17–27, 2019
Royal Opera House
London, England

January 30, 2019
Teatro Fraschini di Pavia
Italy



This thoughtful pianist has enriched the instrument’s repertoire considerably
— THE NEW YORKER

News

Sono LUMINUS RELEASES BRUCE LEVINGSTON’S CITIZEN, A MUSICAL EXPLORATION OF CITIZENSHIP, PATRIOTISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Recording Includes Premiere Commissions by Nolan Gasser, David T. Little, and C. Price Walden, and Works by Henry Grant Still (in a Recorded Premiere), Augusta Gross, and Frédéric Chopin

On January 25, 2019, Sono Luminus released Citizen [DSL 92228], the label’s seventh album showcasing the celebrated pianist, author, and founder of Premiere Commission, Inc., Bruce Levingston. “A force for new music” in the words of The New Yorker, and “A pianist’s pianist,” (American Record Guide), Levingston is a master of creative programming, and here the Mississippi native casts his eyes and ears not just on that historically complex state but on other places and times—Chopin’s Poland, for example—that have inspired challenging political responses from creative artists. “In recent years,” Levingston writes, “I have come to see that my beloved state only reveals more intensely what exists in other places in our world: the struggle for people to come to terms with one another’s histories and differences. I chose the title “Citizen” for this album not only because it contains works that reflect upon actual citizenship and human rights, but also to highlight that we are all citizens of one earth, and must find ways to respect one another’s differences and strongly uphold each other’s right to exist with dignity and freedom.”

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Bruce Levingston writes of his new release: 
The genesis of this recording was an invitation to perform for the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, an event which inspired me to meditate on the complex history of my birthplace, Mississippi. A storied, culturally-rich state, it has produced some of our countrys most important artists including William Faulkner, B.B. King, Leontyne Price, and Eudora Welty but is also a place that has witnessed notably painful struggles with race, poverty, and equality. The scars are painful and deep. Here, among our colleges, churches, cotton fields and battlefields, contradictions abound. These disparate, but related, elements have long absorbed and confounded artists born in this mystical place. In recent years, I have come to see that my beloved state only reveals more intensely what exists in other places in our world: the struggle for people to come to terms with one anothers histories and differences. In this time of turmoil between peoples and nations, focused on issues of citizenship and patriotism, we continue this struggle. I chose to name this album Citizen, not only because it contains works that reflect upon actual citizenship and human rights, but also to highlight that we are all citizens of one earth, and in order to survive, we must find ways to respect one anothers differences, and strongly uphold each others right to exist with dignity and freedom. On this recording, I have gathered together works by composers who have contemplated these issues deeply. The voices of these artists plead for civility, humanity, and love, and each brings a sense of immediacy to the cause offering not a clenched fist, but an open hand that reaches out with a welcoming embrace.