Piano Recitalist

 

Craig Randal Johnson’s solo piano recitals and programs typically feature Finnish, American as well as standard repertoire.    Programs also feature the music of the eclectic composer Hanns Eisler.  Finnish composers represented include: Rautavaara, Kokkonen, Melartin, Erik Bergman, Kaipainen, Sibelius, Toivo Kuula, Madetoja, Matti Tuhkala and others.  American composers played have included:  Robert Carl, David Macbride, David Vayo, Wynn-Anne Rossi, Elizabeth Austin, Brian Grundstrom, Judith Shatin, Libby Larsen, Roy Harris, William Balcolm, George Gershwin, Norman Dello Joio, and Scott Joplin.   

 

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Please also visit the Collaborations page on this website to view additional performances by Craig Randal Johnson

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PIANO SOLOIST WITH ORCHESTRA OR CHORUS

Piano Concerto in F by George Gershwin
Marquette Symphony Orchestra
Robert Ritsema, Conductor
November 14, 2015
Kaufmann Auditorium/ Marquette, Michigan

‘Song of the Open Road’ for Chorus, Piano and Trumpet, by Norman Dello Joio
Augsburg Masterworks Chorale/ Peter Hendrickson, Director
November 3, 2013
Augsburg College/ Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Members of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra
February 28, 2010
Bay College/  Escanaba, Michigan

 

SOLO RECITAL ENGAGEMENTS

Piano Music from Finland’ / March 14, 2017
Reynolds Recital Hall/ Northern Michigan University
Marquette, Michigan

 ‘Piano Music from Finland’/ January 23, 2017
FINNISH CLASSICAL MUSIC PAST AND PRESENT
Normandale Lutheran Church
Edina, Minnesota   

‘Jean Sibelius at 150’/ Piano Music from Finland/ May 17, 2015
Clark Memorial Chapel at Pomfret School
Pomfret, Connecticut

‘Jean Sibelius at 150’/ Piano Music from Finland/ May 15, 2015
Thomaston Federated Church
Thomaston, Maine

Western Carolina University/ January 27, 2014
Cullowhee, North Carolina
(Works by Roy Harris, Robert Carl, Joonas Kokkonen, Libby Larsen, Erkki Melartin)

Dalton State College/ January 24, 2014
Dalton, Georgia
(Works by Roy Harris, Robert Carl, Joonas Kokkonen, Libby Larsen, Erkki Melartin, George     Gershwin)

Covenant College/ January 23, 2014
Lookout Mountain, Georgia
(Works by Roy Harris, Robert Carl, Joonas Kokkonen, Libby Larsen, Erkki Melartin)

Solo Piano Recital/ also featuring Nancy Railey, pianist/ December 5, 2013
Sponsored by the Marquette Arts and Culture Center,  at the Peter White Library
Marquette, Michigan
Works by Roy Harris, Joonas Kokkonen and Robert Carl)

Solo Piano Recital/ November 9, 2012
Finnfest 2012/ Double Tree Hotel Reid Park
Tucson, Arizona

Finlandia Foundation Gala Concert at the Finnish Embassy to the United State
October 29, 2011
Washington, D.C.
(Works by Leevi Madetoja,  Erkki Melartin, Jean Sibelius, Joonas Kokkonen)

Leinestern Verleihung/ 12 Jahre Jubiläum des Freiwilligenzentrums Hannover
Solo Piano Music/ 18. June 2011
Maritim Airport Hotel
Hannover - Langenhagen, Germany
Music from the '20s'/  Weill, Gershwin, Kern, several others

Suomalaista Pianomusiikkia/  Piano Music from Finland
Ylivieska Akustiikka Concert Hall/ 10. June 2011
Ylivieska, Finland
(Works by Leevi Madetoja, Matti Tuhkala, Jouni Kaipainen, Erkki Melartin, Sibelius, Joonas     Kokkonen)

Das Klaviererlebnis/ Klavierprogramm/ 5. June 2011
Eilenriedestift Hannover
Hannover, Germany
(Works by Scott Joplin, David Macbride, Libby Larsen, William Balcom, George Gershwin)

James J. Hill House Gallery/ January 24, 2011
St. Paul,  Minnesota(
Works by Leevi Madetoja, Joonas Kokkonen, Hanns Eisler, Ravel, Debussy, Beethoven)

Haus und Garten Konzert/ 10. July 2009
Hannover (Kleefeld), Germany
Theme: "Finnische Klaviermusik mit deutschen Einflüßen"/ Finnish piano music with                                  German influences
(Works by Rautavaara, Kokkonen, Aarre Merikanto, Melartin, Bergman, Sibelius)

Leinestern Verleihung/ 10 Jahre Jubiläum des Freiwilligenzentrums Hannover
Solo Piano Music/ 4. July 2009
Maritim Airport Hotel
Hannover - Langenhagen, Germany
(Music composed by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Scott Joplin, Wynn-Anne Rossi)

 

 

EARLIER RECITALS AND SOLO APPEARANCES:

"Finnish Piano Fantasy" at FinnFest 2008/ Duluth MN

Conference: THE FINNISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE SEMINAR

            “Suomen Innokkaat Sisukkaat Ulkosuomalaiset” (SISU)/ Duluth MN

Nordvendt Concert Series/ Minneapolis MN

Lecture/ Performance: Seventh Nordic Spirit Symposium at Calif. Lutheran Univ.

              ‘The Piano as a Contemporary Voice in Scandinavian Culture’/ Thousand Oaks CA

Recital at Southwest Minnesota State University/ Marshall MN

Recent Piano Music: The Hartt School/ Hartford CT

                        Presented by the Institute of Contemporary American Music

Piano Music from Finland at James Mann Performing Arts Ctr. / New York Mills MN

Solo Recital at Kaufmann Auditorium/ Marquette MI

                Presented by Marquette Community Concerts

Piano Music from Finland, at FinnFest 2002 Univ of MN/ Minneapolis MN

Rhapsody in Blue in an appearance with the Fridley City Band/ Fridley MN

Nordvendt Concert Series/ Minneapolis MN

Piano Music from Finland/ at the Finn Hall/ Canterbury CT

                Presented by the Finnish American Heritage Society

Piano Music from Finland: The Hartt School/ Hartford CT

                Presented by the Institute of Contemporary American Music

Piano Music from Finland: Estonia House/ Lincolnshire IL

                Presented by the Finnish American Society of the Midwest

Piano Music from Finland: Illinois Wesleyan University/ Bloomington IL

Music of Sweden, Norway and Finland: Delgado College/ New Orleans LA

Guest Piano Recital: Southeastern Louisiana University/ Hammond LA

Recital at the Raahesali/ Raahe, Finland

                Presented at the time of the 350th Anniversary of the City of Raahe

Piano Music from Finland, Sweden and Norway: Grace Lutheran Church/ Palo Alto CA

Piano Music from Finland:  Finnish American Home Association/ Sonoma CA

Piano Music from Finland: Lutheran Church of the Cross/ Berkeley CA

Nordvendt Concert Series: Mindekirken Norwegian Church/ Minneapolis MN

Recital in Silver Lake/ Los Angeles CA  

        Sponsored by the American Scandinavian Foundation of Los Angeles

 Piano Music from Finland: Finnish-Am. Heritage Ctr. at Finlandia Univ./ Hancock MI

Hanns Eisler Centennial Celebration: Amsterdam Concert Series/ New York NY

                Eisler: Piano Sonata No. 1 + Sonata for Violin and Piano/  Ashley Horne, Violinist  Recital: American Piano Music/ Amerikkalaista Pianomusiikkia/ Helsinki, Finland

                Temippeliaukio Kirkko (Rock Church)

Contemporary Finnish Music: St. Michaels Catholic Church/ Stillwater MN

                Sponsored by ‘Music on the Saint Croix’. 

                World Premiere of David Drexler’s ‘Devils Lake’, for violin, clarinet, cello and piano.

Piano Music from Finland at Finnfest 1997/ Minot ND

Piano Music from Finland.   Sundin Hall at Hamline University/ St. Paul MN    

                THE FIRST 'PIANO MUSIC FROM FINLAND' PROGRAM.  April 6, 1997

 Contemporary Music for the Piano: Clapp Recital Hall at the Univ. of Iowa/ Iowa City IA

                Presented by the Center for New Music

Recent American Piano Music: The Hartt School/ Hartford CT

                Presented by the Institute of Contemporary American Music

    

Recent American Piano Music:  Illinois Wesleyan University/ Bloomington IL

                The New Music Café

Neue amerikanische Musik in Leibnizhaus, Music and Commentary/ Hannover, Germany

                Sponsored by the Hannover Amerika Haus and Integratives Forum Hannover

Neue amerikanische Musik in Wacker Gallerie/ Hildesheim, Germany

Lecture Concert on American Music:  Second Templin Seminar/ Templin, Germany

               Sponsored by: AGABUR Foundation, the Univ. of CT, Potsdam Univ. DAAD, State of         Brandenburg

Recent American Music: Landmark Center/ St. Paul MN

                Presented by Minnesota Landmarks and the Minnesota Composers Forum

Neue amerikanische Musik, Music and Commentary/ Hannover, Germany

                Wintersalon in Hannover