Concert: Paul Dykstra, Piano, and Dana Brown, Four Hands- One Piano
Paul Dykstra began working as a conductor/pianist at a dinner theater in southern Wisconsin, and since moving to Chicago, he’s focused predominantly on his two loves — chamber collaborative piano and vocal accompaniment, especially song and operatic. Among his musical achievements are founding the Lira Symphony in Chicago and premiering the Weinberg Piano Trio in Warsaw at the Singer Festival.
Dana Brown is the Chair of the Music Faculty and Associate Professor of Opera and Vocal Coaching at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. At Roosevelt, he teaches the Vocal Accompanying Cognate class for master’s pianists, as well as Topics for the Professional Singer, a graduate seminar. He enjoys a multi-faceted career as a pianist, vocal coach, collaborative artist and choral conductor. As a pianist, he has been heard many times on WFMT Radio as a soloist and collaborator, in addition to performances on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”, Light Opera Works of Evanston, L’Opera Piccola, Pamiro Opera, the Chicago Cultural Center and the Chicago Humanities Festival, as well as the Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals. He had had the great honor of playing at the 80th birthday celebration of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court Building in 2013. He is the Collaborative Pianist Liaison to the Central Regional Board of NATS, and is a member of the Collaborative Piano Committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.