The "Classics can" "Rock" and so can prolific pianist/composer Werner Elmker as he takes us on a musical journey from the soulful reflections of Carole King and the jazz riffs of Keith Jarrett, to the passion and depth of Satie, Debussy & Rachmaninoff. This solo piano concert by Werner Elmker, celebrating some of the greatest performers and composers of all time, premieres at the Sondheim Theater.
Over the years, Werner has garnered quite a following in Fairfield with his refined musical touch and hallmark improvisational flair. His newest musical adventure, Classics Rock bridges the classical and rock worlds, and promises to be a dynamic exploration of both 'Classics Rock' and 'Rock Classics'. The concert program spans the full range from "Paint It, Black" by the Rolling Stones to the Revolutionary Etude by Chopin; from Carole King's "I Feel the Earth Move" to the ethereal Gnossienne by Satie; from Keith Jarrett's famously improvised "Köln Concert" to 'Footprints in the Snow' by Debussy, or riffing on a Stevie Wonder medley to the passion of a Moment Musicaux by Rachmaninoff. The classics and rock tunes will come together in a way never quite heard before!
Increasingly known in recent years for his magical photos and videos of Fairfield life and nature, Werner is also able to create magic on the piano with his unique sound and deep feeling. One concertgoer commented, "Your sound has a special quality of silence, no matter how loud or soft you are playing. It is cumulative. The silence gets deeper and deeper, and I notice the whole audience sinks into it together, so that by the end, no one can move or speak. The silence is so tangible, you can cut it with a knife!"
Werner Elmker moved to Iowa in 1985 and has performed extensively for the local community in Fairfield, as well as in other areas of the U.S. and Europe. He holds a doctoral level degree in piano performance from the Royal Danish Music Conservatory and has been on the Iowa Artist Council roster of top performing artists since 1995. Werner emphasizes the importance of improvisation and attunement with the moment as the main source of creativity and great music.