Reflections and Refractions Classical Duets for Piano: Nina Ferrigno & Hugh Hinton
7:30pm EDT October 5
Nationally acclaimed pianist Nina Ferrigno joins Merrimack’s own Hugh Hinton for an evening of musical virtuosity. Reflections and Refractions will draw you in and enliven your heart and soul! The program includes: Mozart (arr. Busoni): Overture to “The Magic Flute”; Poulenc: Sonata for Two Pianos; Schumann (arr. Debussy): Six Canonic Etudes, and SaintSaens: Variations on a Theme by Beethoven.
$10 Reserved Seating
$8 Seniors, Military, Students, Merrimack Alumni and Employees
NINA FERRIGNO: Described by the St. Louis Post Dispatch as “a magnificent pianist,” Nina Ferrigno is a collaborative artist at home in a multitude of diverse musical settings. Her playing is said to be, “…always precise with superb accentuation and warmth of feeling…”. Nina is a founding member of the Boston-based Calyx Piano Trio which has excited audiences throughout the United States with expressive ensemble playing and brilliant virtuosity. She has appeared in major concert venues throughout North America. She has performed orchestral keyboard with such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), with whom she was a core member since its inception until 2007.
Her festival appearances include those at Tanglewood, Banff, Norfolk, and the Skaneateles Festival. She has also appeared at the Carolina Chamber Music Festival and Missouri Chamber Music Festival where the Calyx Piano Trio holds residencies. Ms. Ferrigno is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, where she received degrees with distinction. Her principal teachers were Wha Kyung Byun and Randall Hodgkinson. As a long-time member of the AUROS Group for New Music and member of the Calyx Piano Trio, Ms. Ferrigno is committed to bringing classical music to new audiences and expanding the repertoire by working with organizations including the Barlow Foundation to commission and perform new works in a variety of settings. The New Music Connoisseur has said of her, “pianist Nina Ferrigno [brings] out the inherent horizontal logic…all the while imparting sonic beauty from end to end.” Her chamber music recording of Lansing McLoskey’s “Tinted” was released by Albany Records in 2008 and her 2010 recording of Elliott Schwartz’s Chamber Concerto III: Another View for the BMOP Sound label was described as “wonderfully musical” by Fanfare magazine. Along with clarinetist Scott Andrews, Nina is Director of the Missouri Chamber Music Festival in St. Louis, and appears regularly with Chamber Project St. Louis.
Dr. Hugh Hinton, D.M.A., serves at Merrimack College as Director of Campus Music Activities and leads the Merrimack Schola, the liturgical music ensemble of Campus Ministry. Dr. Hinton enjoys a varied musical career as a pianist, choral director, liturgical musician, and arranger.
As a concert pianist, he has performed across the United States and in many foreign countries, including Japan, Australia, Russia, and throughout the Middle East. He performed the premiere of Bernard Rands’s Triple Concerto with the Florida Philharmonic, and performed and recorded the work with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, released on Albany Records. Dr. Hinton also recorded Donald Martino’s 12 Preludes for Solo Piano, released on New World Records. His many other recordings of contemporary and chamber music can be found on the Naxos, Etcetera, CRI, Newport Classics, and MMC labels. Dr. Hinton has been a member of the pioneering contemporary music group Core Ensemble since its founding. Core Ensemble has received national recognition for their unique programs, dubbed “chamber music theatre,” that focus on themes of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. The most recent Core Ensemble production dramatized the lives of migrant farm workers in Florida, based on oral history narratives, in an example of “ethnographic theatre.” Dr. Hinton has served as music director, vocal coach, and dramaturg on Core Ensemble productions, arranging many jazz and popular pieces. He has also composed original music, including the incidental music for Kirsten Greenidge’s play Hinges Keep a City, produced by the Huntington Theatre Company at the Calderwood Pavilion in Boston.
Dr. Hinton earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from New England Conservatory. A passionate teacher, he has taught at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and at the College of the Holy Cross.
Dr. Hinton is a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).