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Pianist Ian Power wants you to slow down and reconsider classical music traditions

Pianist Ian Power wants you to slow down and reconsider classical music traditions

Toward the bottom of the flier stuck all around town for pianist Ian Power’s “Very Long, Very Slow Music for Piano,” it requests the audience, “Come in, go out, move around, sit, stand, lay.” In other words, relax and enjoy the music, leave your fancy, stodgy classical music pretensions at home. That message should give you a sense that Power, who has been in Baltimore for a little over a year, is currently teaching at University of Baltimore and UMBC, and finishes his Ph.D. at Harvard in the spring, isn’t so keen on toeing the classical-music party line (that his Twitter handle is the playful @ianpowerOMG should also give you a hint of what aspects of his...

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