House Concert May 22, 2016
Colleen Adent - piano
Melisa McVicker - 2nd piano for Schumann
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Opus 34
Barber: Excursions: III. Allegretto
Debussy: L'Isle joyeuse
Beethoven: E flat Sonata, Opus 31 No. 3, Allegro
Chopin: Nocturne in E flat, Op. 55, No. 2
Scarlatti: Sonata in D Major L. 461
Barber: Excursions: I. Un poco allegro, IV. Allegro molto
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54, Allegro affettuoso (1st movement)
A versatile soloist, arranger, and accompanist, Colleen Adent began her formal musical training at the age of four. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Biola University. Shortly after graduation, Colleen married her husband and spent the next several years raising their children. Along the way, she kept playing the piano, but it has only been in recent years that she has renewed her interest in classical piano literature, studying with Harold Gray of Portland Piano International and Cathy Kautsky of Lawrence University.
Now an empty-nester, Colleen enjoys performing with several local artists as well as internationally known artists such as classical saxophonist Harvey Pittel, and baritone Robert Hale of the New York Metropolitan Opera. She has appeared as a guest soloist with Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Newport Symphony, Jewish Symphony Orchestra, and with the Westwood Wind Quintet. Most recently, she has performed on the Snowman Foundationís Ten Grand concerts with Michael Allen Harrison.
Colleen has published Fount Of Every Blessing, a collection of original hymn arrangements with Fred Bock Music Co., and those arrangements can be heard on her CD, Count It All Joy. She and her husband, Nathan, live in Vancouver, WA.