Story last updated at 7/3/2013 - 2:52 pm
Richard Dowling will perform a solo piano concert on July 12 and 13, playing Chopin, Joplin, Gershwin and more.
The July 12 concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4212 Mendenhall Loop Road. The July 13 concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Northern Light United Church, 400 West 11th Street.
Tickets are available at Hearthside Books, the JACC, online via JAHC.org, and at the door. Prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $10 for students. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a canned food donation to help feed the hungry in Juneau.
Dowling has a unique performance style, and "sings" the piano while he plays it like an orchestra.
Dowling appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals, at chamber music and jazz/ragtime festivals, and as a guest soloist in concerto performances with orchestras. He has been acclaimed by audiences for his elegant and exciting style of playing, which earns him frequent return engagements. Career highlights include a sold-out New York orchestral debut at the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, a solo recital at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in New York, and a special award from the National Federation of Music Clubs, recognizing his outstanding performances of American music.
Dowling has performed in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, South America, Australia, South Africa, France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Mexico. Works of Chopin, Ravel, Gershwin, and ragtime figure prominently in his repertoire. Dowling has received performance reviews that praise him as "a master of creating beautiful sounds with impeccable control of colors and textures," and as "a musician with something to say, the skill to say it and the magnetic power to make you want to listen," and for giving a "superb recital that left the audience craving for more at the end."
Originally from Texas, Dowling began his piano studies at age 5 in Houston, and his extraordinary musical talent quickly became evident. He made his orchestral debut in a concerto performance with the Fort Worth Symphony at age 18. He received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. He later earned a master's degree at Yale University, where he was honored with the Lockwood Award for performing the best solo recital and the Simonds Award for outstanding solo and ensemble playing. He has a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas, where he was awarded a graduate school full fellowship. Four years ago he was appointed to the Board of Advisors of the Yale School of Music.
Learn more about Dowling at www.parkerartists.com/newpages/dowling.html.