Meet Pianist Sophia Ahmad
on Friday, December 1, 2017
In conjunction with the exhibition The Irrational and the Marvelous, the Art Center will host a lecture and Dadaist piano performance from the ballet work Relâche performed under the Numen/For Use sculpture Tape Des Moines. Composed in 1924 by French pianist Erik Satie, the score for Relâche embodies the spirit of Dadaism through its unconventional, fragmented style, and was inspired by bawdy army songs and jazz. The piano score will be performed by Sophia S. Ahmad and runs approximately 35 minutes.
Ms. Ahmad holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Literature and an Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. In 2010, she became a fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts’ Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera at Columbia University. She has collaborated with bass-baritone Simon Estes and composer Libby Larsen; she has recorded for Iowa Public Radio and Prentice Hall’s Inside the Orchestra DVD and performed with artists from around the world, including those from the National Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony and Ensemble Signal. Ms. Ahmad serves on the piano and chamber music faculty at the Des Moines Symphony Academy and is Senior Director of Development at the Mercy Foundation.