CSU, Chico News

Pianist John Milbauer Returns to Chico for ‘Chance’ Concert

Date: 04-19-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

Pianist John Milbauer, associate professor in the School of Music at the University of Arizona, will return to Chico for a concert on Saturday, April 23 as part of the Humanities Center’s year-long “Chance” theme. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in PAC 135 (Wismer Theatre). Milbauer was a popular performer and teacher at California State University, Chico from fall 2001 to spring 2007.

“The concept of chance as a determining factor in music has appealed to composers from the Middle Ages to the present,” said Milbauer. “In addition to works of avant-garde composers such as Cage, Stockhausen and Boucourechliev, I will include music derived from chance procedures by Scarlatti and Mozart.”

Throughout the concert, excerpts from composer John Cage's chance-generated film “One11” will be projected. The concert is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Milbauer has performed frequently across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and his concerts have been broadcast on radio and television stations on four continents. He has released solo and collaborative recordings on the Eroica, Universal and AUR labels and is currently completing a solo CD for Fleur de Son Records featuring music by Crumb, Debussy, Bartok and Adams.

Milbauer has also performed as soloist with orchestras in New York, California, Wisconsin, Arizona and Canada and has collaborated with members of top orchestras worldwide. He has won prizes from the Institute for International Education, the Hungarian Ministry of Culture. He was also awarded the Eastman Performer's Certificate, the biennial Laird National Leader in Arts Award and the Wolodarsky prize from the Banff Centre.

For more information, contact Sarah Pike, director of the Humanities Center, at 530-898-6341.