What does Impressionism have to do with Rock Music? Vivid harmonies, driving rhythms, enticing melodies, intense emotions…This concert is oriented toward the connections between musical genres, the overlap between worlds. Each piece tells a story in bold colors.
Debussy takes us out for an evening in Spain; Rimsky-Korsakov and Sorabji take us to India. Ravel and Pearl Jam evoke the majesty of the oceans. Jeff Buckley, Szymanowski and Fleet Foxes take us through the shadow world; U2 and Genesis bring us back home into the light. Kingsland’s arrangements meld the power and intricacy of a rock band with the shading and virtuosity of piano music.
The common thread linking Chappell Kingsland's work as performer, composer, and teacher is the power of music to connect between cultures and communicate to us at the deepest level.
He received his Doctorate of Music and Masters of Music degrees from the Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University) and his Bachelors Degree from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester).
As a pianist, he specializes in 20th- and 21st-century piano literature and has performed concerto repertoire by John Adams, Paul Hindemith and Joaquin Rodrigo. He writes arrangements of rock, jazz and world music for everything from soloists and chamber musicians to choruses and orchestras.
As a composer, his most recent project is The Discovery of Fire, a chamber opera for young audiences commissioned by Roundabout Opera for Kids. He was a founder of New Voices Opera, the student-run opera company in Bloomington, Indiana which produced his two-act opera Intoxication: America's Love Affair with Oil. Dr. Kingsland is Adjunct Professor of Music Theory at the Lamont School of Music (University of Denver).