Regional Music Heritage Center Inaugural Program
"A Nancarrow Homecoming" is the theme of the gala event in celebration of the official inauguration of the Regional Music Heritage Center.
The event will be held at the Silvermoon on Broad, at 215 W. Broad. A proclamation by the mayors of Texarkana will declare the day as "Regional Music Heritage Inauguration Day." The program will feature the first Texarkana performance of the Nancarrow "Boogie-Woogie Suite," Studies 3a-3e and "Canon X," Study #21 on the RMHC's fully restored 1928 Marshall & Wendell AMPICO player piano. This is the precise model Nancarrow used and preferred for the performance of his works. The rolls to be use are precise duplicates imported from Heisigrollen in Germany made on a duplicator developed by Wolfgang Heisig and provided by Dr. John Tennison, who will also host the program. Dr. Tennison grew up near the home of Conlon's brother Charles Nancarrow and has studied Nancarrow's work extensively. To make Nancarrow's complex work more accessible Dr. Tennison has developed a light show that will provide a visual guide to the music as it plays.
Dr. Tennison will also premiere two compositions inspired by Conlon Nancarrow, "Canon XXX" and the 36th and final movement of "Texarkanon: Symphony for Single Unprepared Piano." These are works of incredible texture and density that honor Nancarrows memory and carry on his legacy in his home city. A limited edition (100 numbered copies) with the complete piece will be available through the phone or online ticket sales, and at the event for 50.00.
Following the performance there will be a reception where you can meet our honored guests and learn more about the ambitious and exciting plans for the development of the RMHC as a center of excellence for experiential education, scholarship and performance of music genres originating in and evolving from our region and to promote public knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of this area’s role in the American and world musical heritage.