Anderson & Roe Piano Duo will perform Feb. 17 as part of Northeastern Illinois University’s Jewel Box Series. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium on the Main Campus, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Their mission is clear: Make classical music a relevant and powerful force in society.
Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions and notorious music videos, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century.
Described by the San Francisco Classical Voice as “the most dynamic duo of this generation” and "the very model of complete 21st-century musicians" by the Washington Post, the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. Their recent albums on the Steinway Label, “When Words Fade,” “An Amadeus Affair” and “The Art of Bach,” were all released to critical acclaim and have spent dozens of weeks at the top of the Billboard Classical Charts, while their Emmy-nominated, self-produced music videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube and at international film festivals.
Since forming their dynamic musical partnership in 2002 as students at The Juilliard School, the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo has appeared on NPR and MTV, toured extensively worldwide as recitalists and orchestral soloists, and presented at numerous international leader symposiums. A performance by the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo was handpicked to appear on the “Sounds of Juilliard” CD celebrating the school’s centenary.
Highlights of the 2016-17 season include tours throughout North America, Asia and Europe; appearances with the San Francisco Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Chicago Sinfonietta; serving as webcast hosts for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; and the DVD release of their ambitious music film, “The Rite of Spring.”
The program includes:
Duettino Concertante (based on finale of Concerto in F major, K. 459)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Ferruccio Busoni
Suite No. 1 (Fantaisie-tableaux) for Two Pianos, Op. 5
Primavera Porteña – Oblivion – Libertango
Astor Piazzolla/Anderson & Roe
“Bohemian Rhapsody” from “A Night at the Opera”
Freddie Mercury/Anderson & Roe
“Paranoid Android” from “OK Computer”
Radiohead/Anderson & Roe
“The Glitt’ring Sun” from “The Morning”
Thomas Arne/Anderson & Roe
“Let It Be” from “Let It Be”
John Lennon & Paul McCartney/Anderson & Roe
This performance is a part of the Jewel Box Series, an eight-concert professional performing arts series presented by Northeastern’s Office of Cultural Events.