Rosey Lee: Twenty-Four Solar Terms for Piano Solo
Faculty composer Rosey Lee presents contemporary piano compositions with guest artist Lauren Chack Clerk. Rosey Lee composed Twenty-Four Solar Terms inspired by the paintings of the Taiwanese artist, Max Liu (1911-2002). The 24 solar terms of the agricultural calendar originated in China, then spread to other East Asian countries. It is a system that comprises 12 major and twelve minor periods interlaced with each other representing different times of the year, guiding the farmer in planting and harvesting crops.
Rosey Lee was awarded the both 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 Uchida Fellowship from the Japan Foundation to research and study traditional Japanese music. She also received a Berklee 2008 Faculty Development Grant. She was invited as guest composer to the International Double Reed Convention at Indianapolis in 2006 where her “Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano” was performed. In the same year of July, the trio was also being preformed at the San Francisco Symphony donor's concert with Steve Paulson, principal bassoonist of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra on July 10, 2007.
Lauren Schack Clark is assistant professor of piano and keyboard activities supervisor at Arkansas State University. She performs frequently as a soloist and collaborative artist. Performances this season included a recital at the University of Florida as part of the ASU Double Reed and Piano Trio, and programs with violinist Stephen Sims at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Denison University. She performed as a soloist in Naples, Italy in the summer of 2008. She recorded a CD of solo piano music for Centaur Records, with music composed by Dr. Rosey Lee, faculty, Berklee College of Music.