Monday, May 29, 2023

New York Times Reviews UM Chancellor’s Artist in Residence

Bruce Levingston, courtesy of Populi Magazine
Bruce Levingston, courtesy of Populi Magazine

Yesterday, The New York Times released its Classical Playlist that listed Bruce Levingston’s album among notable music pieces to listen to.

Bruce Levingston is the University of Mississippi Chancellor’s Sally McConnell-Barksdale Artist in Residence. He is also the Artist in Residence at the University of Mississippi School of Music. He was profiled in the Honors College’s Populi Magazine.

Levingston hails from Cleveland, Mississippi. He grew up playing the piano which turned into a career as a concert pianist. After living in New York for many years he accepted the chancellor’s invitation to live in Oxford and be involved with the university, especially within its Honors College. Since then he has worked with local and student artists. He will appear at the Ford Center for a performance with songstress Nancy Maria Balach on March 27th.

Here is an excerpt of the NYT’s ArtsBeat review:

“Death and rebirth are the themes of this deeply personal, exquisite album. The pianist Bruce Levingston brings a heart-wrenching vulnerability and tenderness to a series of preludes, fugues and fantasies by Bach that form the spiritual nucleus of the CD.”

Read the rest of the glowing review here.

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