Pianist to play popular and classical music
International concert pianist Doug Montgomery will perform a wide mix of classical and popular selections here on Sunday, May 15 for the last of eight programs scheduled for the 2021-2022 season by the Fredericksburg Music Club.
Seating for the 3 p.m. concert at the sanctuary of The United Methodist Church of Fredericksburg, 1800 North Llano Street, will begin at 2:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. The performance is free, although goodwill donations are welcome.
Delivering a “piano bar” style of music based on informal entertainment, Montgomery will pair his keyboard skills with vocals as he presents popular selections such as Ernesto Lecuona’s “Malaguena,” a Leonard “West Side Story” medley. Bernstein, “Superman” by John Williams, “Out of Africa” and “Somewhere in Time” by John Barry, “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, “Canon” by Johann Pachelbel, a mix of Beatles songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin.
At the end of the program, which will include an intermission, Montgomery will respond to audience performance requests as time permits.
A musician since fifth grade, the Chicago native attended Northwestern University’s pre-college music prep program when he was 15. Passionate about classical music from an early age, Montgomery earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern in 1976 before attending the Juilliard School of Music to earn a master’s degree in 1978.
Recipient of the Joseph Lhevinne scholarship in piano, he returned to Juilliard to teach for a year.
In 1976 he won first place in the Musical Arts Competition sponsored by the Society of American Musicians in Chicago before coming to national attention in 1977 as the winner of the Robert Casadesus Piano Competition.
After a brief stint of a year as a model in Chicago during which he did not play the piano, he realized that he wanted to return to music with the idea of doing something other than classical music.
“I suddenly realized it was only because I had so much classical music training that I had a hard time justifying playing popular music,” he said. “But I went out one evening with friends to a piano bar. Listening to the gentleman play that night, I realized that with my abilities, I could play these things in my own way, using my own arrangements and feel very good about what I was doing. Poplar arrangements are really based on a lot of classic techniques.
Since 1983, Montgomery has called Santa Fe, New Mexico home, where he plays several nights a week when not engaged in a busy travel schedule that has seen him perform at public and private events. as well as cruises.
During his career as a soloist, which in 1986 included the addition of vocals to his performances, he gave hundreds of recitals around the world as well as appearances with, among others, the Santa Fe Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Kansas City Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra of Chicago.
In addition to voluntary offerings given at the door, the May 15 performance is also made possible by donations from members of the Fredericksburg Music Club.
During the afternoon concert, membership cards for individuals or corporate sponsors wishing to join the Fredericksburg Music Club will also be available at the door.
More information about the FMC or help with joining the organization is also available online at http://fredericksburgmusicclub.com.