Visual art and music complement one another when jazz pianist Steve Rudolph joins forces with classical musician Keith Cheng for an Evening Piano Salon in the Main Gallery of the Susquehanna Art Museum.
Come and hear the music and also enjoy the museum’s current exhibit featuring Ansel Adams’ early works. The Salon will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10. The concert is included in the price of museum admission or free to members of the Susquehanna Art Museum. The museum is located at 1401 N. Third St., in Harrisburg.
Cheng will perform works by Maurice Ravel and Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Rudolph will play improvisational interpretations of each composition during this unique event. The musicians will perform on a beautiful vintage Steinway and Sons piano on loan to the museum.
Rudolph has had an inspiring 50-year career as a professional jazz musician. As a young man, he played with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, but since basing himself in Central Pennsylvania some 40 years ago, he has been largely responsible for the growth and development of a thriving jazz scene here.
He is the founder of the Central PA Friends of Jazz, now in its 36th successful year, and since 2012 has served as the organization’s executive director. Throughout his career, he has continued to perform and has played with many jazz masters, including Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Rufus Reid, Buddy Tate, Al Grey, the Mills Brothers and Cal Collins, and has toured in the United States, India, Europe, Canada, Russia and the Caribbean. Rudolph was the recipient of the 2002 Harrisburg Arts Award for dedication to the arts and community.
Ansel Adams, who was best known as a landscape photographer, was also a concert musician. In his early years, he was torn between a career as a concert pianist versus one in photography. He famously compared the photographic negative to a musical score and the print to the performance. Considered “rich in middle tones,” this earlier work has been likened to chamber music, while Adams’ later work was likened to the music of a brass band.
Adult admission to the museum is $8 and free for children 12 and younger. There are also discounts for military, seniors and students. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Art Museum at www.susquehannaartmuseum.org.