The Gilmore

Dubbed “the most dynamic piano duo of this generation,” Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Roe make a return appearance at the Festival – this time to perform a special concert honoring Mother’s Day. The program will include a wide-ranging selection of music – from Rachmaninoff to their own arrangements of the Beatles and Pharrell Williams – and will feature a special “Mother’s Suite” created for the occasion.

Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, Anderson and Roe recently released their daring and ambitious music film, The Rite of Spring.

Program Notes (PDF)

Program

MOZART
arr. FERRUCCIO BUSONI
Duettino Concertante
(Based on the finale of the Piano Concerto in F Major, K. 459)
RACHMANINOFF Suite No. 1
(Fantasie-tableaux) for Two Pianos, Op. 5
RAVEL La Valse
Various, arr. ANDERSON & ROE “Mother’s Suite”
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA
arr. ANDERSON & ROE
Primavera Porteña
BRAHMS
arr. Anderson & Roe
Virtuoso Hungarian Dance No. 5 in F-sharp Minor

Elizabeth Joy Roe

Elizabeth Roe

Pianist ELIZABETH JOY ROE has been hailed “brilliant” (The New York Times), “an artist to be taken seriously” (The Chicago Tribune), “electrifying” (The Dallas Morning News), “a mature, fascinating interpreter and an artist of intelligence, insight, and a genuine grace” (The Southampton Press), and she was named one of the classical music world’s “Six on the Rise: Young Artists to Watch” by Symphony Magazine.

The recipient of the prestigious William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award, she has appeared as recitalist, orchestral soloist, and collaborative musician at major venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the 92nd Street Y (New York); the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC); Salle Cortot (Paris); the Ravinia Festival (Chicago); the Seoul Arts Center (Korea); the National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing); the Oriental Art Center (Shanghai); Teatro Argentino (Buenos Aires); the Adrienne Arsht Center (Miami); the Banff Centre (Canada); and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany). She has given the Carnegie Hall premiere of Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen for the composer’s centennial celebration, hosted by Pierre Boulez; performed for members of the United Nations; presented at international leadership symposia including the EG, Imagine Solutions Conference, La Ciudad de las Ideas, and Chicago Ideas Week; and completed an artistic residency sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Argentina.

Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson

Greg pursues his mission with such zeal that he has developed a multi-faceted career in the arts, and his exploits have attracted the attention of such media outlets as PBS, MTV, and the Today Show; Gramophone, Clavier Companion, Listen, and Pianist magazines; and NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, From the Top,Performance Today, and All Things Considered.

Greg’s hundreds of performances have elicited universal acclaim – “the highest level of artistry” (The Star-Telegram), “electrifying and riveting” (The Cyprus Mail), “astounding” (Edmond Life and Leisure), and “gripping… rapturous… thoughtful, passionate” (San Jose Mercury News). He has performed in Carnegie Hall, soloed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, released several albums, and toured in North America, Asia, and Europe. Greg has established a groundbreaking piano duo partnership with Elizabeth Joy Roe, and their self-produced, Emmy-nominated music videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube. Their most recent album, When Words Fade, spent over a dozen weeks on the Billboard Charts.

  • Did you enjoy the concert? Share your thoughts here!

  • Kat

    Anderson and Roe are not only brilliant and ultra-creative pianists, but their eloquence gives the audience the tools to fully appreciate each piece. Their 2016 Gilmore performance only emphasized why they are stars-on-the-rise in the truest sense! The performance was capped with their arrangement of Let it Be, which delighted audiences of all ages!

  • Here’s a comment from Susan, who sent us an email after attending the concert yesterday: “Your preview of this duo pushed me to come to this. I loved it even more than I expected. A wonderful mixture of pop and classical that appeals to everyone. Good for you to get them – and the Mothers made it more special.”

  • SueK

    These two are a joy to watch and a delight to be heard! Their energy and passion for their art is refreshing and exciting! Their interaction with the audience and ability to relate the depths of each piece add to the joy of listening to their incredible talent. The Mother’s Day Suite was such an endearing touch, especially with their mothers being in attendance. I hope they continue to be invited to future Gilmore Festivals! I will see them every time!

  • ChristineG

    What an absolutely incredible weekend here at The Gilmore – Anderson & Roe bookended by Tony Bennett and Michel Legrand! For me, Anderson & Roe have been the jewel in this year’s Festival crown. Thank you for bringing them back to Kalamazoo, I hope they will return – and maybe give a Masterclass – in the future.