Coe College Marquis Series to present "Spectral Scriabin"

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2011-10-10 15:10:06 - General

The unique piano-theatre event “Spectral Scriabin” comes to Sinclair Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m.  (Photo by Chris Lee.)

Award-winning Georgian pianist Eteri Andjaparidze and renowned American lighting designer Jennifer Tipton have teamed up to devise a stimulating piano-theatre event, “Spectral Scriabin,” which will be performed as part of the Marquis Series on Saturday, October 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors.  Tickets are available by calling the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.

“Spectral Scriabin” first premiered at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City.  In this unique production, Andjaparidze performs Alexander Scriabin's mystical piano music, which simultaneously interplays with Tipton's intricate color and light display.  Andjaparidze has gained international recognition as an exceptionally versatile and insightful musician whose artistic undertakings embrace all genres and styles of piano repertoire.  A Grammy nominee, she has extensive knowledge of Scriabin’s compositions. Tipton is an award-winning lighting designer whose novel and effective ideas about lighting have turned countless Broadway shows, ballets and operas into hits.

Of special interest, Sinclair Auditorium will be outfitted with more than $70,000 worth of specialized lighting and related equipment exclusively for this event.  The state-of-the-art LED lighting is on loan from Electronic Theatre Controls based in Middletown, Wis.  As well, a seachanger – one light than can generate infinite colors – has been obtained for the performance from Ocean Thin Films of Largo, Fla.  In conjunction with the lighting set-up, Tipton will be conducting a daylong lighting workshop for Coe students, other college students and high school students.  In addition, West Music is providing Coe with the use of Van Cliburn's Steinway concert grand piano for this concert.

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920.  The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.

For more information, go to or call 399-8600.