Toccata in D Major, JS Bach
Sonata in C, Op. 53, 'Waldstein', Beethoven
* intermission *
Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, B-flat major, Op. 24, Brahms
Toccata from Le Tombeau de Couperin, Ravel
The pieces I have selected are four of the most joy-filled thrilling pieces I have ever studied, and it is my pleasure to play them for you. It is my sincere hope that we would each come away from these evenings with a deep sense of peace, feeling refreshed and even experiencing some healing in our souls.
From infancy, music has gripped me as a source of beauty, delight, and joy, pointing always to something greater than itself. It is for this reason I spent many hundreds of hours practicing at the piano as a child and young adult, and for this reason still I wish to offer this simple gift as salve to soothe our souls after such a difficult year in our history and in our community.
We all can benefit from taking some time out to allow ourselves to take a deep breath, reset our minds, become present, and really see the beauty and gift that lies in simple life in front of us, even amidst pain, loss, and grief.
What I have I humbly offer:
some beautiful music, and hope,
with all my heart.
Heather Peterson holds a master's degree in piano from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a bachelor's degree in piano from Northern Illinois University. Heather has placed in a large number of national and international piano competitions,and has performed publicly as a soloist with the NIU Philharmonic Orchestra and the Anderson Symphony Orchestra. She began giving full-length solo recitals at the age of eight, and continues to perform publically on a regular basis. Heather currently teaches private lessons from her home studio. She lives in Peoria, Illinois, with her husband and four living children.