Thomas Vogelmann, Pianist in Concert at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Monday, May 13th, 2013, at 7.30 pm New York City across from Lincoln Center.
This picture was when Tom was setting up the Chapel for sound and visual presentation. He did a lecture show of the composers and lecture on how the music relates to his love of music, the Church in history and the piano which all have a different history and point of view.. He did a lot about Bach's Cantata 147 which you can find a good copy on YouTube to listen to the entire Cantata. He also explained how Bach took a hymn and changed into a format of his music. As a Musician Composer I think we forget about some of these things and take them for granted. For what is music anyway is the question?
This is the picture of the outside of the Temple.
Before I got there, I took the one train which is possibly the most important subway train for the Arts in NYC; it stops at all the great venues in NYC. I always took a different train to get to Manhattan, but now the City, MTA, has in place an express bus, it is a very easy connection.
is Tom's Wife and they have three children together.
This is Tom's Wife and they have three children together.
Lincoln Center across the street from the Church of Latter-Day Saints.
Traffic pictures and all the new buildings there.
buildings around Lincoln Center I haven't even noticed these buildings before
So on ward with the music. I just noticed all these new buildings and wanted to show you how pretty the city can be sometimes. The city is trying to clean up Soho now an ugly place in Manhattan. I use to rehearse my band down there and couldn't believe such an ugly place for music, but I had no choice at that time.
The highlight of the program was when Tom performed Mozart, Chopin and Rachmaninoff all music written for the piano. Tom went into the separation period between the piano and the harpsichord which I think took 100 years or so and the piano came into being with Chopin. It was too bad he didn't have an harpsichord there to show the real difference. Playing Scarlatti on a nine foot grand piano is not the same sound as it should be. Especially with the delicate thrills that is needed to express in this style of Baroque Music of Lully and Scarlatti. Lully,s music was performed with four fingers and they did not use the thumb back then. I believe Bach introduced the thumb into keyboard playing.
Tom also spoke of his work as a Mechanic for 30 years in NYC repairing air-conditions and heat sources for the tall sky scrapers in NYC. I wish he would of just spoke about his life in music and not so much about his other work which was a big part of his family life. A musical artist sometimes has to do so many more things than just practice his art to take care of his family.
Tom is a person with a big kind heart and love of his family before himself. The audience was so happy with his lecture concert and gave him a standing ovation for his effort on putting on such a difficult program for being away from the piano so many years.
Truly I was so happy that I got to meet Tom's wife, child, and hear his music and lecture.
Thanks Tom for the invite.
Sincerely, Greg Henry Waters