Faculty Recital and Reception: Timothy Gaylard, piano


Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Lenfest Center/Wilson Concert Hall. Reception, to follow, in Lykes Atrium.


The Department of Music at Washington and Lee will present pianist Timothy Gaylard playing his final solo recital at 3 PM on Sunday, September 15 at 3 PM in the Wilson Concert Hall.  This performance will be a trip down memory lane for Gaylard, who will retire next June after 36 years at the University.


The program will include fourteen works, all of which were played by Gaylard in recitals between 1987 and 2017.  The concert will feature a wide range of styles and composers.  In the first half, George Gershwin’s Prelude No. 3 and Samuel Barber’s Excursion No. 4 will represent “I. Adopted Country.”  “II. Memories of Prague” will be represented by Smetana’s Venkovanka and Dvorak’s famous Humoresque. The third set, “III. Music of the Classical Period” will feature the “Allegro” from Clementi’s Sonata in B-flat and Mozart’s Rondo all Turca.  The first half will close with “IV. Composer Colleagues,” featuring a movement from the Paris Sonata that Terry Vosbein wrote for Gaylard, and the Bach-Busoni Chaconne to honor Rob Stewart, the man who hired Gaylard in 1984.


The second half of the concert will start with “V. Music of the Romantic Period,” featuring the final fugue from Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy, and Chopin’s Waltz in A-flat, Op. 42.  The beloved “Nimrod” variation from Elgar’s Enigma Variations will represent “VI. British Heritage,” and the famous Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr. will represent “VII. River Cruises with the Alumni.”  The final set, entitled “Two Sabbaticals on Single Composers,” will feature Liszt’s Transcendental Etude No. 8 and the final movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata, Op. 110.      


Timothy Gaylard is Professor of Music and former Chairman of the Music Department at W & L.  A native of Ottawa, Canada, he studied at Carleton University where he received his B.A. and B.Mus. degrees.  Professor Gaylard also has artist diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music at the University of Toronto and from the Mozarteum in Salzburg.  He received his Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University.


Timothy Gaylard has won several prizes and awards in music festivals and competitions in Ottawa, Toronto, and Quebec, and has performed on radio and television in both the United States and Canada.  He has played as soloist with the Ottawa Civic Symphony, and with the orchestras of Carleton and Columbia University as well as with the University Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra at Washington and Lee.


Since coming to Lexington, Professor Gaylard has given many recitals, both as soloist and accompanist.  He has been a regular member of the Marlbrook Chamber Players  since 2011.  This November he will play with his colleagues Jaime McArdle, violinist and Julia Goudimova, cellist in a program of music by Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Arensky.       


At Washington and Lee, Professor Gaylard teaches Introduction to Music, History of Music I & II, Romantic Music, a Spring Term course on Music in the Films of Stanley Kubrick and applied courses in solo piano.  He was the director of the Washington and Lee Concert Guild from 1988 until 2016.


No tickets are required for this concert, which is free and open to the public.  The audience is cordially invited to a reception in the Lykes Atrium immediately following the performance.