Five Reasons Why You Need to See Clive Greensmith and John Blacklow in Concert

By Connor Reilly, junior | English and Classics Major, October 1, 2018 Presenting Series, Students

[About a 5 MIN read]

One is a member of the most famous string quartet in the world. The other is a professor here at Notre Dame. Both will be performing together in a unique and fantastic concert here on campus for you to enjoy.

Clive Greensmith (cello) and John Blacklow (piano) will be performing together on campus in an unforgettable duet on Sunday, October 7, at 2 p.m. at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Here’s everything you need to know about this show and why you need to see it.

  1. The International Cellist Star: Clive Greensmith has performed internationally for years. He is a former member of the world-famous Tokyo String Quartet and currently performs with the Montrose Trio. He has performed with orchestras and philharmonics around the world to wide acclaim.
  2. Notre Dame’s Own Professor: John Blacklow is a professor of piano at the University of Notre Dame. He has degrees from Harvard and the Juilliard School and has also performed around the world as a soloist, ensemble member, and collaborator. Now, he passes on all this experience to Notre Dame students in the Music Department.
  3. A Stellar Program: The program for the night includes pieces by Debussy, Prokofiev, and Brahms. The entire program is sonatas written for the piano and cello, with some of the greatest composers of all time will be performed. The pieces are modern, many of them being from the 20th Century. The sonatas are designed to be equal between the two instruments, with neither piece overpowering the other, going back and forth in a web.
  4. A Beautiful Venue: The concert will be taking place in the Leighton Concert Hall at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The hall seats over eight hundred and it is designed as a fluid space where any number of performance styles and genres can be performed.
  5. Listen for yourself! If you want some quiet study music, listen to Clive Greensmith here and John Blacklow here. Then, come to see the real thing this Sunday!


Clive Greensmith, cello and John Blacklow, piano

Clive Greensmith, Professor of Cello at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and a distinguished member of the former Tokyo String Quartet, is one of the most renowned cellists of his generation. Greensmith has performed internationally for over 25 years and currently plays with the Montrose Trio. John Blacklow is Professor of Piano at the University of Notre Dame. An internationally acclaimed pianist, he performs regularly as a soloist and with ensembles. They unite—in the full house of the Leighton Concert Hall—for a concert of sonatas written for cello and piano by Claude Debussy, Sergei Prokofiev, and Johannes Brahms.

Sunday, October 7, 2018, at the Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.