Versatile Lang, Rainwater duo in concert Feb. 3 at CAC

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By Nita Brown

Music brings people together in the strangest of ways. Just ask Will Lang and Anne Rainwater of the Lang-Rainwater Duo – a trombonist and a pianist from opposite sides of the country forming a duo – one from New York, the other from California.
They will be performing Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center.
Lang explained how the duo came to be. “We met in grad school… at Manhattan School of Music,” he said. “I was drawn to Anne’s playing due to her incredible rhythm, and when we worked together…, her lyricism and impeccable craft spoke deeply to me.
“Though we live on separate coasts now, every time we get together, it’s like we’ve never spent a day apart, musically!”
The musicians share a love for many styles of music, ranging from baroque to contemporary. Both are soloists, orchestral and chamber musicians, and educators.
Lang, originally from Long Island, N.Y., completed his bachelor’s degree at State University of New York (SUNY) Fredonia. Rainwater holds a bachelor of music from the Oberlin Conservatory.
Performing together presents its challenges, as both have full careers. In addition to his solo performances, Lang regularly performs with Loadbang, a group focused on new, cutting-edge music, and with the Guidonian Hand, a trombone quartet. (Those who attended concerts here in 2012 and 2013 may remember the Guidonian Hand’s appearances at Craig Farm.)
Lang also serves on the faculty at Longy School of Music at Bard College in New York, as well as the Brooklyn Conservatory, where he teaches second- to seventh-graders at several schools in low-income areas.
Rainwater, based in Oakland, Calif., has earned a reputation as a vibrant pianist, expertly performing works from Bach to present-day composers. Her first solo album, of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, was released in December this past year.
She curates a monthly contemporary music gathering in Oakland, called the Vernon Salon Series, and performs across the nation. She works with Lang as a duo, and also collaborates in another duo partnership with percussionist Jude Traxler.
Lang said the Lancaster performance is the beginning of their plans to perform more regularly together. “Although Anne and I have performed sporadically over the past 10 years, we’ve decided to put more focus on our touring duo, to combine with our careers as soloists,” he said.
The Lancaster Cultural Arts Center is located at 307 W. Gay St., Lancaster. Will-call tickets are $10 per person at lccarts.net/tickets or (803) 285-7451, or $15 at the door. Proceeds help fund additions at the CAC. For more information, call concert coordinator John Craig at (347) 604-2179.
This is a Vivian Major Robinson Concert, sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation and the Craig Farm Historical Preservation Foundation.