Theresa Keene is a Sacramento native, and a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory. She’s appeared with the Sacramento Philharmonic, given recitals at the Crocker Art Museum and as part of at Music in the Mountains series.
For 19 years, Keene has taught at American River College, where she performs on Saturday. I joined her at Larrick Piano in Rancho Cordova to talk about her recital. She’s taking on a program that is, shall we say, challenging.
“I’ve chosen the Samuel Barber Fugue, the Beethoven Appassionata, the Brahms Hungarian Dances Numbers Four and Five, the spiritual Wade in the Water, and shall I go on. (Laughs.) Real easy stuff! But I love the challenge.
(music: Wade in the Water)
In other words, Keene’s program is big, meaty and diverse. And since we’re approaching a full moon this week, she’s also including an audience favorite, Debussy’s Claire de lune.
Keene’s spring recital has become an annual event at American River College, and over the years, she’s developed a routine that helps put her in the right frame of mind before she goes on stage.
“I soak my hands in lavender and eucalyptus oil, in warm water. This really relieves any kind of tension.”
Theresa Keene performs Saturday at 4 p.m. in the American River College Theatre.