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L’Affaire Musicale Concert Series: Richard Dowling

March 15, 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm

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Don’t miss this delightful concert series in Hill-Stead’s Drawing Room

For one night only, official Steinway artist Richard Dowling presents a program that progresses from Chopin to Joplin on Hill-Stead’s original 1901 Steinway amongst Impressionist paintings by Monet and Degas at L’Affaire Musicale.

5:45 pm      Wine and cheese reception
6:30 pm      Musical performance


Museum Members | $45
Non-Members | $55
LetsGOArts! Members | $45

For additional concerts, see L’Affaire Musical in our Calendar.

Presented with generous support from the Richard P. Garmany Fund at
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Richard Dowling appears regularly across America in solo recitals, at chamber music festivals, ragtime/jazz music festivals, and as guest soloist in concerto engagements with symphony orchestras. Career highlights include performances in New York at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, The Metropolitan Club, and the 92nd Street Y. He has been a regularly featured artist at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Missouri, the West Coast Ragtime Festival in California, and the Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival in Alaska. The National Federation of Music Clubs honored him with a special award recognizing his outstanding performances of American music. Works of Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Gottschalk, Ravel, ragtime, and early jazz figure prominently in his repertoire.

On April 1, 2017 Mr. Dowling performed the complete piano works of Scott Joplin in two historic sold-out recitals at Carnegie Hall, exactly 100 years to the day that Joplin died in New York. He is the first pianist in the world to perform the complete cycle of Joplin’s 53 rags, marches, waltzes, and cakewalks in public…more than three hours of music all from memory. Throughout 2017 and 2018 Mr. Dowling performed nearly 100 Joplin recitals nationwide in commemoration of the centennial of Joplin’s death and the sesquicentennial of his birth. His 3-CD set, The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin was nominated for a Grammy Award last year. Veteran ragtime pianist Max Morath says “Richard Dowling’s mastery of the Joplin rags invokes a tenderness that charms us and a technical command that inspires our admiration.”

Richard Dowling has received reviews that praise him as “a master of creating beautiful sounds with impeccable control of colors and textures,” 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.” He is also a versatile recording artist with over a dozen CDs of classical, chamber, ragtime, jazz, and popular music.

Mr. Dowling holds advanced degrees from Yale and the University of Texas, including a doctorate in music. As a sheet music editor for Ludwig/Masters and Alfred music publishing companies, he has produced numerous critical performing editions of piano music. As a Piatigorsky Foundation Artist since 1994, he has performed nearly 1,300 recitals across America. Mr. Dowling resides in New York City and is represented exclusively by Parker Artists, a prominent classical music management. He is an official Steinway Artist and proud owner of a Model C Hamburg Steinway grand and a Model M New York Steinway grand.


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