Faculty Fortepiano Performance Fills Following with Feeling

Faculty fortepiano performance fills following with feeling

By Jenn Tyborski

jennonthetorch@gmail.com

Numerous students in the audience applauded and cheered as David Schrader, professor of music history and performance practice at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, entered from stage right. Sitting down at the medium-maple wood fortepiano, the audience fell silent.

Schrader gave a performance on a fortepiano in Ganz Hall last Thursday.

The performance began with a cheerful and upbeat piece by Ludwig van Beethoven, titled “Sonata in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2.” The piece was about eight minutes in length.

Schrader played with focus, and if there were any mistakes in this first song–or even throughout the rest of the evening–they would have only been noticeable to someone familiar with the piece.

The notes from the fortepiano travelled well throughout the historic room. The chandeliers above the audience dimmed, focusing all attention on stage.

At times, small sections throughout the various pieces would resonate in the room extraordinarily well, further showing how emotion of music can be conveyed in the hall.

Attending the concert was Aaron Faulkner, a geography student at DePaul University. Faulkner attended to study the architecture of the room, and he figured the performance would provide him this opportunity.

“I’m not an expert on the pieces performed tonight, but Schrader is a precise performer who has caught my attention,” he said.

Besides fortepiano, Schrader is an accomplished performer of the harpsichord, organ and piano.

Schrader has been a member of the Roosevelt community since 1986, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. Schrader directed the Collegium Musicum at Northwestern University from 1993 to 1995. He also has been the organist of the Church of the Ascension for the past 20 years.

Schrader received his Doctorate of Music degree in organ from Indiana University, along with a Performer’s Certificate. He also received his Bachelor of Music in piano and his Bachelor of Music in organ from the University of Colorado.

 

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