“Sandpaintings” and the Piano Works of Navajo Composer Connor Chee: Joel Schoenhals
Sandpaintings: The Piano Works of Navajo Composer Connor Chee
This lecture-recital will give an overview of Connor Chee’s complete piano music including “Sandpaintings” as well as develop an understanding of the Navajo life and culture from which these works arose. Chee is known for combining his classical piano training with his Native American heritage. This presentation aims to change the landscape of classical piano literature by introducing the piano works of Navajo pianist and composer Connor Chee.
Joel Schoenhals is professor of piano at Eastern Michigan University and guest professor of piano at Nanchang University, Jiangxi Province, People’s Republic of China. An active performer and recording artist, Schoenhals has received praise for his recordings Bartók’s For Children, Lieder of Schubert Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt, and Musical Moments of Schubert and Rachmaninoff on Fleur de Son Classics.