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WSU faculty featured in ‘Mozart Recomposed’

Karen and Jeff Savage
Karen and Jeff Savage

WSU School of Music faculty members Karen and Jeff Savage, also known as 88 Squared, discussed their work with prominent contemporary composer Lowell Liebermann on the National Public Radio program New Music from Bowling Green.

The now-married piano duo met while they were students at the Juilliard School, which is where they also met Liebermann. In 2015, 88 Squared recorded all of the composer’s works for two pianos, including a sonata that they commissioned. » More …

Pianist Jeffrey Savage to perform in Tri-Cities

Jeffrey Savage
Jeffrey Savage

As a professor of music at WSU, Jeffrey Savage doesn’t limit his talent to the Pullman campus.

He’s performed at such prestigious New York City venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Juilliard Theater.

And on Jan. 17, the accomplished pianist brings his talents to the Tri-Cities for a Camerata Musica concert in the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.

The concert will be an all-Beethoven event.

Read more in the Tri-City Herald

Faculty piano duo tours, to record for top composer

Karen and Jeffrey Savage
Karen and Jeffrey Savage

WSU School of Music faculty members Jeffrey and Karen Savage have been tapped by American composer Lowell Liebermann to record his complete works for two pianos this summer for a commercially released CD.

The duo, which performs as 88 Squared, recently completed a concert tour in Singapore, presenting the Asian premieres of several works, including Liebermann’s Sonata for Two Pianos.

“The finale was a double fugue on a perpetual motion theme that seemed almost impossible to play,” wrote Singapore’s national daily newspaper in a review. “In these secure hands, impossibility became not just reality, but totally pleasing music.

More about the work of 88 Squared

Music professor to explore Beethoven’s influence in Friday performance

Jeffrey Savage
Jeffrey Savage
Beethoven’s influence on piano development and the relevance of the sonata today will be explored by Jeffrey Savage, associate professor of music, at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in Kimbrough Hall.

The performance is the first of the academic year in the WSU School of Music Faculty Artist Series. Proceeds benefit the school’s scholarship fund. To view the fall schedule, visit Faculty Artist Series.

See the video at WSU News