"The worth of my music will never be guessed or its value to mankind felt until the approach to it is consciously undertaken as a pilgrimage to sorrows."
Percy Grainger America Inc. is engaged in an ongoing re-creation of the life and times of Australian composer Percy Grainger during his forty years in America (1921 to 1961). To this end Percy Grainger America Inc. has rededicated Grainger’s historic landmark home at 7 Cromwell Place in White Plains, New York as a living time capsule that exhibits how an internationally famous, radically inventive creative artist (and his wife, Ella Viola Strom, also an artist) lived and worked as "different drummers" in twentieth century America. The Graingers' home, long a destination for a worldwide stream of visiting musicians, now reemerges as a fascinating storybook world for a larger cultural public.
about percy grainger
Percy Grainger was a man of many seasons — not only a composer and pianist but a musical folklorist, wind band arranger, polyglot, watercolorist, early music expert, clothing designer, prodigious letter writer, essayist, and philosophical thinker. His popular works like Country Gardens and Molly on the Shore were best sellers of the early twentieth-century music world, while his experiments in avant-garde music anticipated many artistic developments in the later twentieth century and beyond. Today his music is performed even more widely than during his lifetime. Learn more...
Callum McLachlan has gained international attention in some prestigious piano competitions, as well as performing in various concert halls in the U.K. and abroad. Callum has a very eclectic repertoire for his young age, and for his SCC recital he will feature some gems by the legendary Australian-born composer-pianist Percy Grainger, who resided in White Plains for over 40 years.
Sunday, March 3 – “The World of Chamber Music: Rational (and Irrational) Conversations” with Michael Boriskin, Artistic Director of Copland House
Sunday, March 31 – “Brazilian Jazz: From Samba to American Standards” with Mark Morganelli, Artistic Director of Jazz Forum
Sunday, April 28 – “Musical Storytelling: The Poetry Behind Piano Masterpieces” with acclaimed concert pianist Andrew Armstrong
Sunday, May 19 – “Film Music: Groundbreaking Director/Composer Collaborations” with Peabody Award-winning Broadcaster & Producer and WQXR radio host Elliott Forrest