University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Music and Dance


Island Arts presents Sylvia Parker, pianist, in a program featuring music of Béla Bartók

South Hero Congregational Church - Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. 

Béla Bartók is one of the twentieth century’s most famous composers.  Parker’s presentation includes pictures, stories, recordings and live performance of some his most engaging works For Children, Romanian Folk Dances, Sonatina, Petite Suite, and more.  Bartók collected folk melodies among the peasants of Hungary, Slovakia and Romania on Edison phonograph cylinders.  Parker offers the historic sound of those peasants singing and playing their bagpipes, flutes and fiddles on his field recordings, and then performs Bartók’s piano arrangements of the same tunes.  She even offers a recording of Bartók himself at the piano.  Bartók spent one summer in Vermont.  Parker presents pictures of him here and remembrances from the local folks who knew him that summer.

Sylvia Parker is a music faculty member at the University of Vermont, where she teaches piano and music theory.  She concertizes in Vermont, nationally, and internationally.  She has published articles about Bartók in Studia Musicologica, College Music Symposium, and Vermont History.  Her CD of piano music by Bartók, Griffes, Mozart, and D. Scarlatti is published by Centaur Records.

She lives with her husband Gary in Berlin, just up the road from the cottage Bartók visited.  They spend summers in S. Alburgh on Lake Champlain.

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