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    • Sun, March 03, 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 7 Cromwell Place, White Plains, NY 10601
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    Come view our new exhibit! Discover how the Percy Grainger Home and Studio functioned as a creative workshop! The exhibition, Tone, Rhythm, Pitch: Exploring Percy Grainger’s Free Music, continues to showcase Grainger’s work in Free Music and demonstrates, through objects, images and text, how the White Plains home was an active creative work space.

    A Closer Look at Grainger's 'Free Music' 

    Percy Grainger was one of the few creative voices of the 20th Century to stress the importance of the future of music, placing it even above the present. He saw the future as ideally being one of freedom and flexibility. He equated this freedom in music with the pursuit of a type of spiritual freedom in which all of humanity would at last be able to express itself in a peace-loving, democratic, harmonious-with-nature way.

    As a young man Grainger gained the courage to risk his reputation as a pianist and popular composer of light-hearted pleasant works to write daring harmonies with complex irregular rhythms. In middle age he took up the cause of lesser-known composers and encouraged the appreciation of music from all cultures and all times. And as the years advanced, he devoted himself more and more to the development of his ‘Free Music’ ideals and their implementation in the physical world through the development of the Cross-Grainger Free Music Machines.

    It’s not just Grainger’s beautiful melodies, touching harmonies, innovative rhythms and exquisite orchestrations that are at last coming to the fore, but also his equally iconoclastic ideas about the spiritual uses of music and the measuring of freedom in music to freedom in our lives. It is not just the sound of Grainger’s ‘Free Music’ that matters but the concept behind that sound.

    Percy Grainger Home & Studio

    Percy Grainger occupied the house at 7 Cromwell Place from 1921 until his death in 1961, using it as his home base for his world tours, practice studio and laboratory for his avant-garde musical compositions and experimental music machines. After Percy Grainger’s death in 1961, his widow Ella continued to live in the house until her passing in 1979. This historic house, built in 1893, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in April of 1993.

    The event is free and open to the public. Due to space limitations, registration is encouraged. Join Teresa to explore some of these concepts and wider implications of the Free Music sounds.

    Teresa Balough, who is an adjunct professor of music history at Eastern Connecticut State University, has been studying the life and work of Percy Grainger for many years, since the publication of her A Complete Catalogue of the Works of Percy Grainger in 1975. She is the author of The Life and Work of Percy Aldridge Grainger: Till Life Become Fire (2023), co-editor of Distant Dreams: the Free Music Correspondence of Burnett Cross and Percy Grainger 1944–1960 (2020) and has published three other books and numerous essays, articles and monographs on Grainger.

    The Percy Grainger Society's events are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

    • Thu, April 04, 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Virtual, via zoom. (Link sent with registration.)
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    The Membership and Programs Committee (MPC) continues to learn about the types of programs and projects our members enjoy.

    In 2023, PGS presented Grainger's choral works, with two programs (an introduction, then a program on performance).  The 2023–24 program year began with the Annual Member's Meeting on July 8 (Percy's 134th birthday!) by introducing a number of initiatives, including Grainger Reimagined, three virtual meetings. The first meeting of Grainger Reimagined was presented in October, and the series will be completed in May, 2024.  What's next?  Your ideas are welcome!

    The MPC will also receive updates on several current membership projects: Dana Paul Perna’s oral histories of founding and longtime Percy Grainger Society members; and Jennifer Martin’s compilation of the location of Grainger documents throughout the world. We are exploring collaborations with other organizations. 

    The Percy Grainger Society will continue discussion, begun last meeting, of potential projects that explore Percy Grainger’s life, music, and connections to those who have significantly contributed to the advancement of Grainger's legacy.

    Discussion on further  projects might include:

    • Seminars
    • Symposiums
    • Position Papers
    • Research Progress
    • Research Resources
    • Discussion Board
    • Member Spotlight
    • Partnerships with other Associations and Societies

    Please register to join the discussion on Thursday April 4, 2024 at 4 pm Eastern Time via zoom. As always, the MPC Chair is happy to discuss any aspect of the Membership and Programs Committee before or after the  meeting. Email Bill Garlette (bill@percygrainger.org).

    • Sun, April 14, 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 7 Cromwell Place, White Plains, NY 10601

    We are delighted to announce that pianists Łukasz and Małgorzata Wilga will be performing a piano recital at the Percy Grainger Home and Studio for the Fourth Annual Spring Open House on Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. This exclusive event will showcase the exceptional talent of the Wilga duo in the intimate setting of Percy Grainger’s historic home. A tour of the Percy Grainger Home & Studio follows the performance.

    Each spring, the Percy Grainger Society invites the local community to visit the Percy Grainger Home and Studio at 7 Cromwell Place. From the music room to the bedrooms and beyond, the house quietly illustrates how each Grainger family member made this space an echo of their individual interests and unique personalities. The house, built in the late 1800s, is a beloved White Plains landmark and a graceful reminder of White Plains neighborhoods from days gone by.

    Łukasz and Małgorzata Wilga, both long-time Grainger aficionados, are looking forward to performing at Percy Grainger’s house. Łukasz expresses his excitement, saying: “It is a dream come true to play at the Percy Grainger Home and Studio. Grainger’s music has always inspired me, and I am humbled to be able to share my interpretation of his works in such a historic setting.” Małgorzata added: “Playing at the Percy Grainger Home and Studio is a tremendous honor. Grainger’s music has a unique charm, and I am thrilled to bring his compositions to life. We hope to create a captivating musical experience for our guests.”

    The program for the recital will feature a selection of Grainger’s masterpieces, showcasing the duo’s exceptional skill and artistry. Łukasz will perform “Klavierstuck in D”, “English Waltz”, “My Robin is to the Greenwood Gone”, and the enchanting paraphrase on Tchaikovsky’s “Flower Waltz”. Małgorzata will entertain the audience with her renditions of “Klavierstuck in E”, “Now, O Now, I Needs Must Part”, and Grainger’s beautiful adaptation of Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier”. The duo will also join forces for a performance of Edvard Grieg’s “Four Norwegian Dances”.

    “We are delighted to welcome the Wilgas to the Percy Grainger Home and Studio for our annual Open House,” noted Dr. Paul Jackson, President of the Percy Grainger Society. “While distance keeps me from attending in person (Dr. Jackson resides in Cambridge, England), I am there in spirit, and I am absolutely certain the audience will enjoy this recital.” Following the recital, attendees will have the opportunity to embark on a fascinating house tour, delving into the life and legacy of Percy Grainger, the celebrated composer and pianist.

    While the event is free and open to the public, space limitations require registration. Register here.

    About Łukasz and Małgorzata Wilga:

    Polish pianists, Łukasz and Małgorzata Wilga, are both graduates of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowicz. With doctorates in piano performance, the couple have received a number of awards and distinctions, and have performed internationally, most recently with the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Past events

Thu, February 22, 2024 Reimagining Grainger Through Performance
Sat, January 06, 2024 Membership and Programs Committee
Tue, November 28, 2023 Giving Tuesday – Celebrate the Legacy!
Sun, November 19, 2023 Exploring Percy Grainger's Free Music: Third Sundays
Thu, October 26, 2023 Reimagining Grainger Through Arrangement
Sun, September 17, 2023 Free Music Machine: Third Sundays Focus Tour
Fri, September 15, 2023 Book Launch: Till Life Become Fire
Thu, September 14, 2023 Tone Rhythm Pitch: Exploring Percy Grainger's Free Music
Sat, September 09, 2023 Membership and Programs Committee
Sun, July 16, 2023 Frederick Fennell Visits 7 Cromwell: Third Sundays Focus Tour
Sat, July 08, 2023 Annual Members' Meeting-It's Percy's Birthday
Fri, June 30, 2023 Performing Grainger's Choral Music
Sat, June 10, 2023 Second Seating: The JUNGLE BOOK, an immersive reading of Rudyard Kipling's famous story
Sat, June 10, 2023 The Grainger Society's Future: Membership and Programs Committee
Sat, June 10, 2023 The JUNGLE BOOK, an immersive reading of Rudyard Kipling's famous story (first seating)
Sun, April 16, 2023 Spring Open House
Sat, March 11, 2023 Meeting: Membership and Programs Committee
Fri, February 24, 2023 Grainger for Choirs: An Introduction
Sun, February 19, 2023 Third Sundays: Focus Tour
Sat, January 21, 2023 Volunteer Orientation
Sat, October 22, 2022 Meeting: Membership and Programs Committee
Fri, August 19, 2022 Roundtable Rambles
Fri, July 08, 2022 Momentum 2022-23: The PGS Annual Members' Meeting
Fri, May 06, 2022 The Folksongs of Lincolnshire Posy
Sun, April 10, 2022 Spring Open House
Fri, February 11, 2022 Col. Jason K. Fettig: A Ramble with Grainger
Sun, November 14, 2021 WSW Concert: A Salute to Percy Grainger
Thu, September 16, 2021 Grainger Library of Sampled Sounds ("GLOSS")
Thu, July 08, 2021 2021 Annual Members' Meeting
Sun, June 13, 2021 Percy Grainger Home and Studio: Garden Tour and Art Exhibition Opening
Thu, March 18, 2021 Who is Ycrep Regniarg?
Fri, August 14, 2020 Performing Percy Grainger: A Conversation with Sir Andrew Davis
Sun, May 17, 2020 William Wielgus Facebook Recital
Mon, May 13, 2019 Ella Viola Ström and the Slade School of Art
Sun, May 12, 2019 A Musical Prodigy in Melbourne 1887-1895, An illustrated recital by Penelope Thwaites
Sat, May 11, 2019 Percy Grainger's Time in Springfield Missouri
Sun, May 05, 2019 Percy & Friends: Music by Percy Grainger and His Contemporaries
Sun, May 13, 2018 Grainger, Grieg and Folksong
Sun, May 06, 2018 Percy Grainger and his Composer Colleagues
Fri, May 04, 2018 In Dahomey — A Discussion
Thu, May 03, 2018 Percy Grainger--Only Connect
Wed, May 02, 2018 Percy Grainger Piano Mini-Festival
Sun, April 29, 2018 Percy Grainger: A Modern Leonardo?
Fri, May 12, 2017 Historic House Dedication

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