by Jarrett Hoffman
Pianist Lara Downes will bring together two recent projects, one devoted to Leonard Bernstein, the other celebrating women composers, when she visits E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 pm as part of Tuesday Musical’s Fuze Series.
Bernstein’s own works, new arrangements of his pieces, and works that were dedicated to him by John Corigliano, Lukas Foss, and Michael Abels will make up the first half of the program — mostly taken from Downes’ 2018 album For Lenny.
Next is The Answer is: Yes, a recent Bernstein-inspired piece by Tuesday Musical composer-in-residence Gregg Kallor, premiered in October. New to this performance is a dance aspect — Downes will collaborate with the Miller South Dance Ensemble, directed by Ashley Watts, and comprising students from Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Akron.