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April 25 - 5:00 pm

*Postponed until further notice* Musical Conversations: Songs of Emily Dickinson: Logan Skelton & Jennifer Goltz

Garth Newel Music Center
403 Garth Newel Ln
Hot Springs, VA 24445 United States
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 *Postponed until further notice. Refunds and ticket exchanges can be made in person or by phone at least twenty-four hours in advance and cannot occur for an event that has already taken place, or has already started. *

The Musical Conversations Series brings you today’s fascinating and creative artists, and pairs concerts with insightful talks about the music. 

5pm Concert and Talk

Songs of Logan Skelton: Dickinson Songs

Songs set to the poetry of Emily Dickinson, by pianist and composer Logan Skelton

Logan Skelton, piano

Jennifer Goltz, soprano

Logan Skelton is a much sought-after pianist, teacher and composer whose work has received international critical acclaim. As a performer, Skelton has concertized widely in the United States, Europe and Asia and has been featured on many public radio and television stations including NPR’s “Audiophile Audition,” “Performance Today,” “All Things Considered,” and “Morning Edition,” as well as on radio in China and national television in Romania. He has recorded numerous discs for Centaur, Albany, Crystal, Blue Griffin, Supertrain, and Naxos Records, the latter two consisting of collaborations with fellow composer-pianist William Bolcom. Skelton regularly has appeared in such festival settings as Gina Bachauer, Amalfi Coast, Gijón, Eastman, Tunghai, Chautauqua Institution, American Romanian, Eastern, New Orleans, Poland International, Indiana University, Hilton Head Island, and the Prague International Piano Masterclasses. He is a popular presenter at music teacher organizations including numerous appearances at MTNA national conventions and EPTA World Piano Conferences. Moreover, he has given countless performances and masterclasses at colleges and conservatories throughout the world. He is a frequent juror for international piano competitions. As a pianist, Skelton has a particular love for the music of Béla Bartók, a composer whose works he has explored with great fascination for many years. In recent years he has contributed substantially to the upcoming Gershwin critical editions of Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue. As a composer, Skelton has a special affinity for art song, having composed nearly two hundred songs, including numerous song cycles, many of which have been recorded commercially and performed internationally. A devoted teacher himself, Skelton has been repeatedly honored by the University of Michigan, including in 2003 the Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio teaching, and most recently in 2017 with the Arthur F. Thurnau named professorship, among the highest honors given to faculty members at the university. Skelton’s own piano students and former students have won awards in many national and international competitions. His former students hold positions of prominence in music schools and conservatories throughout the world. He has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, Missouri State University, and is currently Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Piano and Director of Doctoral Studies in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan.

is a much sought after pianist, teacher and composer whose work has received international critical acclaim.  As a composer he has a special affinity for art song, having composed well over a hundred songs, including numerous song cycles. Critics have noted the close fusion of text and music in Skelton’s songs, how words are “…illuminated with brilliance and deep emotional power” (American Record Guide).

Soprano Jennifer Goltz specializes in new chamber music, opera, and cabaret. Her reputation for interpretive sensitivity, vocal virtuosity, musical precision, and creativity as a performer has inspired Andrew Mead, Robert Morris, Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Forrest Pierce, Kevin March, John Berners, and many others to compose for her. Her collaboration with composer-pianist Logan Skelton spans two decades, two continents, and numerous song cycles. She is the vocalist for the new music ensemble Brave New Works as well as a founding member; in recent years she has also appeared with Milwaukee-based Present Music. At the invitation of the composer, she performed Luciano Berio’s Circles at the Salzburg Music Festival’s Boulez and Berio celebration with members of Klangforum Wien. She created the role of the god Pan in Kamran Ince’s opera Judgment of Midas, recently released on Naxos. She can also be heard on Albany, Centaur, MSR Classics, AMP, and Blue Griffin Records. Her recording of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire and Brettl-lieder (MSR) with the Los Angeles-based ensemble Inauthentica was hailed by Gramophone as “captivating” and “brilliant… a voice full of subtle allure and sprightly energy.” In the early 2000s, she fronted the popular Klezmer band Into the Freylakh, with whom she released an eponymous CD and The Shape of Klez to Come. In addition to degrees in Vocal Performance, she holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Michigan. She previously taught at Scripps College in Claremont, CA and now teaches at the University of Michigan.

Stay with Us

Complete your Garth Newel experience by spending the night on our 114-acre mountain property. After an evening of music, food and drink, enjoy a short walk to our 1920s Manor House. The spacious and comfortable rooms are quaintly decorated and the original art on display gives you a glimpse into our creative past. A continental breakfast is served in the morning.

The Dining Experience

Garth Newel Music Center has a long tradition of culinary excellence paired with inspiring performances. After many of our concerts our resident chef, Josh Elliott prepares a meal served right in the concert hall. The musicians join the audience in sharing good food and great company.