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Mount Gretna, PA, United States

"The kind of musician who is shaping the future of classical music”

Time 7:30 PM Admission $5-$30 This concert is open seating by section. Premium Section is the first 10 rows. Standard Section is rows 11-19. First Listen program 6:45 pm. See below for details.
Mt. Gretna Playhouse 200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Mount Gretna, PA 17064, United States
(717) 361-1508

Pianist Conrad Tao and dancer/choreographer Caleb Teicher are astonishing in this program of music and tap. “It’s hard to sense where the music starts and the dancing ends, or where the dancing starts and the music ends. They’re just one,” says Teicher. Program to include excerpts from Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.


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Conrad Tao, piano, Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer and has been dubbed “the kind of musician who is shaping the future of classical music” by New York Magazine, and an artist of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times. He is the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and was named a Gilmore Young Artist—an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. As a composer, he was also the recipient of a 2019 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, for Outstanding Sound Design / Music Composition, for his work on More Forever, his collaboration with dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher.

Conrad Tao has recently appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony. As a composer, his work has been performed by orchestras throughout the US; his first large scale orchestral work, Everything Must Go, was premiered by the New York Philharmonic in 18-19, and will be premiered in Europe by the Antwerp Symphony in 21-22. In the same season, his violin concerto, written for Stefan Jackiw, will be premiered by the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Spano, and the Baltimore Symphony under Kirill Karabits. In the 2021-22 season, he will also make his London solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall, and will appear in recital throughout North America, including Boston, New York, Washington, and Seattle. Tao’s Bessie Award-winning dance work with Caleb Teicher, More Forever, will continue to tour North America, including performances at Cal Performances in Berkeley and Fall for Dance North in Toronto. Other collaborations include his duo work Counterpoint, also with Caleb Teicher, and a multi-city tour with violinist Stefan Jackiw and cellist Jay Campbell, as a member of the Junction Trio.

In the 2020-21 season, Tao was the focus of a series of concerts and interviews with the Finnish Radio Symphony, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Hannu Lintu and Andrew Norman’s Suspend with Sakari Oramo, live on television. While most performances in the 20-21 season were canceled due to the COVID epidemic, he appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony and Louis Langrée, returned to the Seattle Symphony to perform Beethoven Concerto No. 4, and returned to Blossom with the Cleveland Orchestra, and Bravo! Vail with the New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden. Further invitations included the National Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. His creation with Caleb Teicher, More Forever, commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim, was planned for tours across the US, including Dance Cleveland and Fall for Dance, Toronto. Tao and Teicher’s latest collaboration for Works & Process, Rhapsody in Blue, kicked off the Guggenheim’s return to in-person performances and was lauded by The New York Times as “monumental.”

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Caleb Teicher, dancer, Caleb Teicher is a NYC-based dancer and choreographer specializing in musically-driven dance traditions and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Teicher began their career as a founding member of Michelle Dorrance’s critically acclaimed tap dance company, Dorrance Dance, while also freelancing in contemporary dance (The Chase Brock Experience, The Bang Group), Lindy Hop (Syncopated City Dance Company), and musical theater (West Side Story International Tour and London).

Since founding Caleb Teicher & Company (CT&Co) in 2015, Teicher’s creative work has expanded to engagements and commissions across the US and abroad including The Joyce Theater, New York City Center, the Guggenheim Museum (NYC and Bilbao), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. When live performance resumes, Caleb’s work will be presented in over a dozen cities across the United States.

Teicher is known for choreographic collaborations with diverse musical talents: creating full collaborations for CT&Co with world-champion beatboxer Chris Celiz and composer/pianist Conrad Tao; performing as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center; recording percussion and vocals for television with Ben Folds; and choreographing Regina Spektor’s residency on Broadway.

Caleb is the recipient of a 2019 New York City Center Choreographic Fellowship, two Bessie Awards, a 2019 Harkness Promise Award, and a 2019 NEFA National Dance Project Production Grant. Their work has been featured by The New York Times, NPR, Forbes, Vogue, Interview Magazine, on the cover of Dance Magazine and, most recently, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert alongside Regina Spektor.

Caleb continues to engage with dance communities as a teacher for international tap, swing, and jazz dance festivals.

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Program will be announced from stage.  There is no intermission and performance is approximately one hour. 

Bach, Aria from the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Tao and Teicher, Improvisation

Schoenberg, v. Walzer, from 5 Piano Pieces, Op. 23

Noble, Cherokee
Bufalino and Coles, The Coles and Bufalino Soft Shoe

Brahms, Intermezzo in E Major, op. 116, No. 4

Parker, Song and Dance, based on iii. Allegretto alla Turca from Mozart’s Sonata in A Major, K.331

Tao and Teicher, Swing 2 from More Forever

Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, arr. Tao

Ravel, ii. Mouvement de Menuet, from Sonatine

Bach, Aria from the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

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6:45 pm, free

Katrina Wolfe, cello, a senior at Dallastown High School, studies cello with Sara Male. She participates in the York Youth Symphony Orchestra (YYSO) and has played in the PMEA District 7, Regional, and State Orchestra Festivals. She has attended the Tanglewood Institute summer program and the Interlochen Arts Camp. She has won concerto competitions through the Lancaster Women’s Symphony Association, the YYSO, and Dallastown High School. Katrina also takes piano lessons from Gretchen Dekker.

Anna Smith, piano is a senior at Dallastown Area High School. She participates as a drum major in the marching band, and accompanies both the middle school and high school choirs. Outside of school, she is a church organist and harpist, was in the 2022 PMEA state choir, and enjoys accompanying soloists for special events.

Prelude, from Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Goin’ Home (theme from Symphony No. 9 in b minor, B. 178, ‘From the New World’) by Antonín Dvořák

Saraband, from Cello Suite No. 3 by JS.Bach

Somewhere over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen, arr. Poster

The Swan, from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns