There’s an App for That?

Tuesday, September 25 2012

U-Idaho guest artist offers piano soul music and world premiere of composition using the app ForScore as finale

By Donna Emert

MOSCOW, Idaho — Pianist, conductor and director, Linda Holzer, brings soul music and cutting-edge technology together, seamlessly, in a performance slated for 7:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 18, in the Haddock Recital Hall, 1010 Blake Ave., on the University of Idaho campus, Moscow.

Holzer’s performance features selections by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce and the European artistry of Claude Debussy and Frédéric Chopin. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children under the age of 12. Tickets are available at the door.

Her finale will be the world première of American composer Scott Robbins’ Ritual Meditations. She will perform the piece using an iPad 3 and the app ForScore.

“Using an iPad 3 with Air Turn and the app ForScore for the performance of this contemporary piece allows me more freedom at the keyboard,” said Holzer. “It enables me to have hands-free page-turning; my hands can be in the keys for the entire piece. Tapping the Air Turn turns the page via bluetooth technology, synced with the iPad.”

There are other key performance benefits for both musicians and audiences: The lighting on the iPad allows musicians to see the score easily, while a slideshow is projected elsewhere onstage. Darkening the stage for the slideshow does not change the visibility of the music on the iPad.

Holzer came across the innovative piece she will use as her finale through her connections to and collaboration with the composer.

Composer Scott Robbins and Holzer were classmates in doctoral music studies at Florida State University in the early 1990s. She contacted him last winter wondering if he had any solo piano music for her to consider for a recital program, and he sent her the score for Ritual Meditations as a PDF. Several months later, Holzer heard a performance by Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Mich. He used an iPad 3 to perform a contemporary piece, and she talked with him about the technology after his concert.

"That's when I resolved to learn how to use it myself,” said Holzer. “I informed Scott of the adventure, and he was intrigued.”

Holzer also will deliver a lecture to Lionel Hampton School of Music students on Friday, Oct. 19, titled, "Pianists as Entrepreneurs."

Holzer is professor of music at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In June 2001, she was named College Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association.

A Chicago native, she is an active soloist and chamber musician who has appeared in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New York Public Radio Station WNYC-FM, Noon Time Concerts at St. Patrick's Cathedral in San Francisco, and as concerto soloist with several orchestras.

Holzer has performed in 23 states, and in Europe and Asia. For those who would like a taste of her work in advance of the live performance, she is featured on Podsafe Music Network at
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