For the Love of Music

John Milbauer

BISBEE — On Saturday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m., John Milbauer will perform a program of solo piano music, which he calls “Which Side are you On?” The collection of pieces includes Gypsy Dances, Hungarian Peasant Songs, a Mazurka and Polonaise by Chopin, and “Which Side are you on?” from Frederic Rzewski’s North American Ballads.

The concerts will be held at The Bisbee Woman’s Club, at the corner of Ledge Avenue and Quality Hill in Old Bisbee. Tickets will be available at the door, and cost $15 for adults; students through high school will be admitted free.

For further information, call 520-432-7217. Reservations may be made only by subscribers by also calling 520-432-7271.

Milbauer, a Steinway pianist, recently performed this concert in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and Japan, as well as throughout the U.S. Which Side are You On? is a program based on themes of protest, immigration, and workers' rights.

Milbauer studied music, classics, and government at Harvard College before earning degrees from the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and, as the recipient of a Fulbright grant, at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He was awarded the Eastman Performer's Certificate — the highest performance honor of the school — and the Wolodarsky Prize from the Banff Centre, and was nominated for the Gina Bachauer prize for outstanding pianist at Juilliard.

Milbauer is professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Keyboard Area at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. Since 2012, he has been co-director of the Chautauqua Piano Program, helping to transform it into one of the premiere summer piano programs in the Americas.  

Milbauer is also an avid hiker and has led more than a dozen backcountry tours through the Grand Canyon.  Most recently, he completed a solo hike on Tanner Trail to the Palisades.

Submitted by Katherine Hagstrum