TAMIU Piano Students Return to Adam’s!

It was wonderful to have Fritz Gechter return with students from TAMIU in Laredo for the third time for a master class with Dr. Tobin. Tatiana Gorbunova also came and brought students and we all had a great time, starting with lunch at Cenote.

Joe Bratcher, founder of Adam’s, stopped by for the first half of the class which included a Schubert Impromptu, the Scriabin 5th Sonata, a piece by Janacek, Rondo Capriccio of Mendelssohn, the first Debussy Prelude, and other works.

After the class Dr. Tobin joined everyone for dinner at Hanks Road House and a very nice concert given by the Austin Symphony in the Long Center. Symphony Fantastique was played with gusto and the soloist in the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto was very sensitive.

Enrique Rangel Returns!

We were very pleased to have Enrique return to play solo and 4 hand piano with Dr. Tobin for a warm and appreciative crowd.

Enrique is in medical school but his playing has really matured since he last played at Adam’s December 20th, 2019. The Medtner Opus 38 was well controlled, played with more color and depth than before. Enrique took full advantages of the colors and sounds available on our 7’4″ Bosendorfer 225.

After a break, Enrique returned with Dr. Anthony Tobin to perform one of the masterpieces of the 4-hand piano repertoire, the Schubert f minor Fantasy. For this intimate piece they chose our smaller instrument, the 6’7″ Bosendorfer 200. This mellow instrument served the colors of the Schubert and, as a piano built in Austria, closely relates with Schubert’s Austrian identity.

We wish Enrique well with his medical studies and hope he will continue with the piano. We plan to invite him to return for another program!

Hailu Studios Recital

Adam’s Music House was thrilled to host Hailu Studios‘ Spring 2019 Piano Recital. Thank you so much to Sarah Hailu Sheerin for bringing her talented students to Adam’s Music House.

Sarah Hailu Sheerin and performing students


The young people played works ranging from “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to J. S. Bach’s first Two Part Invention. Every piece was greeted with well deserved enthusiastic applause!

Debussy Film and Preludes Event

Dr. Anthony Tobin, Music Director of Adam’s Music House, gave a double treat to a full house this past Sunday. Not only did he perform the first book of Claude Debussy’s Preludes for Piano, he also screened his short film “Le piano du reve”.

Dr. Tobin’s playing brought to life the shimmering world of Debussy’s pieces. From the majestic opening Danseuses de Delphes (Dancers of Delphi) to the playful Minstrels his control of sound and clarity held us all spellbound. Indeed, it felt as if we were experiencing  a only vague representation of our normal senses hearing La cathédrale engloutie (The Engulfed Cathedral) and the ethereal De pas sur la neige (Footsteps in the Snow)My personal favorite, La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl with Flaxen Hair), left me simply breathless. The sound of the seven foot Bösendorfer that was just recently returned to the performance space rang with a true, rich tone that Dr. Tobin took every advantage of.

In “Le piano du reve” Dr. Tobin demonstrates how the construction of Debussy’s Bleuthner piano inspired him to create the sound-scapes in the Preludes. Not merely theorizing about this possibility from a distance, Dr. Tobin gained access to the Bleuthner now housed in the Musee Labenche in Brive la-Gaillarde. The film frames the period in Debussy’s life when he married a second time, became a father, purchased the Bleuthner, and wrote both books of the Preludes. Playing on both a modern piano and Debussy’s, Dr. Tobin demonstrates the sound quality and keyboard response the Bleuthner opened for the composer. The film closes with Dr. Tobin’s performance of the virtuosic Feux d’artifice on the instrument it was imagined upon.

Thank you to all who came to our event and we look forward to seeing you again at Adam’s Music House. 

Enrique Rangel Performs Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38: No. 7: Danza silvestra & No. 8. Alla Reminiscenza

Enrique Rangel Performs Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38: No. 7: Danza silvestra & No. 8. Alla Reminiscenza, Enrique Rangel

This week we’re posting our final video from Enrique Rangel’s December performance of Forgotten Melodies. Listen to Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38: No. 7: Danza silvestra & No. 8. Alla Reminiscenza above.

Check out our YouTube channel for Enrique’s lecture & previous videos from this series:

Op. 38: No. 1. Sonata-Reminiscenza 

Op. 38: No. 2. Danza graziosa

Op. 38: No. 3. Danza festiva

Op. 38: No. 4. Canzona fluviala

Op. 38: No. 5. Danza rustica

Op. 38: No. 6. Canzona Serenata

Enrique Rangel Performs Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38: No. 5. Danza rustica

Enrique Rangel Performs Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38: No. 5. Danza rustica

This week we’re posting Enrique Rangel’s performance of Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38: No. 5 Danza rustica!

Check out our YouTube channel for Enrique’s lecture & previous videos from this series:

Op. 38: No. 1. Sonata-Reminiscenza 
Op. 38: No. 2. Danza graziosa
Op. 38: No. 3. Danza festiva
Op. 38: No. 4. Canzona fluviala

Stay tuned for more every Wednesday!

Enrique Rangel Performs Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38: No. 4. Canzona fluviala

Enrique Rangel Performs Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38: No. 4. Canzona fluviala

This week we’re posting Enrique Rangel’s performance of Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38: No. 4. Canzona fluviala! 

Check out our YouTube channel for Enrique’s lecture & Op. 38: No. 1. Sonata-ReminiscenzaOp. 38: No. 2. Danza graziosa & Op. 38: No. 3. Danza festiva!

Stay tuned for more every week!