(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 28, 2003
(Mahwah) – Israeli-born and Julliard-trained pianist Edna Dagan will perform classical piano pieces by popular rock superstar Billy Joel featured on the album Fantasies and Delusions: Music for Solo Piano as well as other piano classics Sunday, May 4 at 3 p.m. in the Mansion York Room at Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Joel released the album in late 2001 to critical acclaim, including Rolling Stone reviewer James Hunter. This collection of pieces for solo piano written by Joel and performed with highly extroverted skill by Richard Joo represents, in essence, Joel’s roots album. As a restless rock & roller, and now as a composer, he re-stages the scarlet-hued nineteenth-century thrusts and taxing engagements of legendary Russian and German composers.”
Dagan has performed widely in Israel and the United States, in concert as well as broadcast and has won dozens of competitions and scholarships. Dagan began her career as a pianist at the age of two. She received a master’s degree as a soloist from the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. She then received a scholarship to study with Madame Kaboush at Julliard. In the mid-’70s, she became involved in electronic music at Manhattan School of Music, where she had a studio of her own and began composing.
For the past 30 years, Dagan has taught piano, accompanied musicians and choirs, and worked with various orchestras in Israel and the United States. Her interest in artistic expression spills over into different mediums including painting, drawing and sculpting. An accomplished artist, she frequently integrates her music and art.
Tickets are $10, which includes coffee and pastry. To reserve tickets, call (201) 684-7844.
Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.
Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.
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