David Alpher, RCMF co-founder, piano and composer | Robert Osborne, baritone | Stephanie Chase, violin | Sophie Shao, cello
MOZART: Piano trio in B-flat major, K.502
DAVID ALPHER: Between Twilights: Seven Songs on Poems of Marsden Hartley
(world premiere commissioned by Dianne Anderson)
SCHUMANN: Piano Trio in D minor, Op.63
David Alpher’s compositions are unique, eclectic mixtures of influences including jazz, American folksong, theater music and the classical tradition. David Alpher is currently the Artistic Director of the Chamber Arts Festival of Marbletown in New York’s Hudson Valley and was a founding director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, which he co-directed for ten years.
As a composer, several of Alpher’s works were finalists in the National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition, including The Walrus and the Carpenter, a jazz-influenced setting of the Lewis Carroll poem, and Land of the Farther Suns, for narrator, flutes and piano based on Stephen Crane poems. His compositions can be found on such recordings as American Reflections: David Alpher Chamber Music released on Ongaku Records among others. Many of his compositions have been broadcast on WGBH and WBUR in Boston, and WNYC in New York, and world-class artists have performed the compositions including the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, An die Musik, Manhattan String Quartet, Das Duo, Benjamin Verdery, Garrison Keillor, among many others. Alpher studied piano with Menahem Pressler and Jeaneane Dowis at the Indiana University School of Music and he was a resident fellow at The MacDowell Colony and at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.