Thursday, January 9 at 7:00pm
Beall Concert Hall
961 East 18th Avenue, Eugene, OR
Toccata from the Fifth Symphony for Organ (1879)
Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) transcribed by Isidor Philipp
Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, Op. 35 (1874)
Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
Sonata For Two Pianos (1953)
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
La Valse for Two Pianos (1919-1920)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
88SQUARED, the piano duo of married pianists Jeffrey and Karen Savage, won the Ellis Piano Duo Competition and the Abild Prize for American Music. 88SQUARED has received critical praise from Singapore’s The Straits Times, American Record Guide, and Fanfare magazine; their performances have been called “fearless” (The Straits-Times) and “joyful and inspiring” (American Record Guide). The duo’s performances have been broadcast on internationally syndicated programs, on National Public Radio stations across the US, and on Vietnamese Public Television.
88SQUARED premiered Lowell Liebermann’s Sonata for Two Pianos (2012), written for the duo, in Singapore, New York City, Washington, and Canada. They were subsequently invited by the composer to record his complete two-piano works on Albany Records. Their recording of Daniel Ott’s two-piano works was released on PARMA/Navonna in 2019. The duo won second prize and a Special Mention Award at Concours Grieg International Competition in Norway, where they performed with members of the Oslo Philharmonic. 88SQUARED has been featured at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), Ho Chi Minh Conservatory (Vietnam), MusiQuest National Piano Festival (India), Victoria Conservatory of Music (Canada), Chamber Music America Showcase (California), University of British Columbia Recital Series (Vancouver), and Music Teachers National Association and National Federation of Music Clubs national and state Conferences in Orlando, DC, Florida and Iowa, New York City, and Chicago.
Jeffrey and Karen both completed masters and doctoral degrees at Juilliard. Their major teachers include Yoheved Kaplinsky, Angela Cheng, Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, Rudolf Barta, and Robin and Winifred Wood. Their students have won state and regional competitions, and enjoy diverse and successful careers in music. Jeff and Karen are frequently invited to adjudicate and give presentations for MTNA and have given masterclasses at such universities as Brigham Young University, Indiana University, Wuhan Conservatory, and Eastman. After serving on WSU’s piano faculty since 2005, Karen and Jeffrey recently joined the piano faculty at UMKC Conservatory (University of Missouri-Kansas City), where they live with their young son.