Past Event

Mid-Day Music @ Columbia featuring Thomas Nielsen, piano @ Faculty House

April 18, 2018
12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
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Come join us in the Garden Room at Faculty House, where Students and Music Associates from Columbia University's Music Performance Program will be showcased in an afternoon recital series.



George Frederic Handel: Keyboard Suite #5 in E Major, HWV 430
I. Prelude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Air and Variations – “The Harmonious Blacksmith”

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata #15 in D Major, “Pastoral,” Op. 28
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo – Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo – Allegro ma non troppo

Frederic Chopin:
Nocturne No. 13 in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1

George Gershwin: Three Preludes
1. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
2. Andante con moto
3. Agitato

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4, W264, 424
I. Prelúdio (Introdução)
II. Coral (Canto de Sertão)
III. Ária (Cantiga)
IV. Danza (Miudinho)



Thomas Nielsen is a New York City-based pianist and composer of soundtracks and contemporary classical music. A Baltimore native, Nielsen began taking piano lessons at the Peabody Preparatory when he was five years old, and began composing at twelve. In 2014, Nielsen commenced college at Columbia University in New York; now a senior, he is majoring in Music and English Literature with a concentration in Chinese. He has already gained recognition among his peers as being an innovative, efficient, and professional composer of film and stage works. Nielsen maintains a similar passion for composing concert music. He now studies piano with Golda Tatz, and composition with Zosha Di Castri. This summer, Nielsen studied at the NYU Summer Film Scoring Program with Michael Levine (Cold Case) and Mark Snow (The X-Files). He is also, under the guises of the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature, currently researching allusions to Renaissance ballads in Shakespeare's plays with Professor Peter Platt (Barnard College). When he is not composing or at the piano performing, Nielsen enjoys curling up with a book of poetry, exploring New York City with friends, or finding a new coffee shop to try.

All events are sponsored by Columbia University's Music Performance Program and are free and open to the public.

Mid-Day Music @ Columbia offers live music to a general audience, following the tradition established by Aaron Warner and Isidor Isaac Rabi, great lovers of music whose memories live on at Faculty House.