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As Far As the Heart Can See

by Julie Rivers

Romantic piano...some solo, some with orchestrations... creates a yearning and satisfies that yearning with heartfelt and soulful music.
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1. As Far As the Heart Can See
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2. Summer Skies
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3. Sweet Prairie Morning
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4. Cradle Song
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5. Ride the Wild Wind
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6. Butterfly
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7. Song Without Words
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8. Spirit Rain
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9. The Green Fields of Home
Julie Rivers
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10. Festival
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11. An Old Refrain
Art Rivers, Julie Rivers
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12. Canto d'Amore
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13. Prayer at Twilight
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14. The Water is Wide
Art Rivers, Julie Rivers
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Julie Rivers Biography
With the EarthStar Recordings 1997 release of her third album, "One Starry Night," pianist/composer Julie Rivers captured the hearts of new and old fans alike with her luxuriantly romantic music of the night. February 1999 saw the world premier of "The Kiss of the Sun," much-anticipated sequel to "One Starry Night," which celebrates the dazzling romance of the day. Her sixth recording, "Christmastide," was released in November, 1999, and her seventh, "As Far As the Heart Can See" came in February, 2003.

New Age Voice Magazine featured tracks from "One Starry Night" and "The Kiss of the Sun" in their Nov/Dec 1999 and May 2000 CD Samplers included in the mailings of the national publication. Her music has been in the Airwaves Top 100 of NAV Magazine, with airplay on stations from Cambridge, MA to Florida, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Hawaii, and many more. Radio Kansas recently selected three of her original albums for their popular new age program, "Nightcrossings," and two of her albums were listed simultaneously on the Hastings Books Music and Video "Top Ten." A feature story about Julie appeared in the Fall 1999 edition of "Bryggen Magazine," Sweden.

Julie Rivers is one of seventeen pianists selected nationwide for a recording commemorating and benefiting the families of the victims of the 9/11 tragedies. The HeartAid Project released the CD including Julie's composition, "When the Sun Goes Down," from the album "The Kiss of the Sun" on the Spring Hill label on 9/11/2002.

In April 2002, it was announced in San Francisco that Julie won first place in the nation in the National League of American Pen Women composition contest with music from her recording, "The Kiss of the Sun." In April 1998, she had won first place in the same contest in St. Petersburg, Florida, with music from the CD "One Starry Night." She won two other national first places in the same contest in 2006 and 2008.She was recognized by the Kansas Arts Commission with one of four state Fellowship Awards for composition and has received special awards from ASCAP 1998-2010.

Called a "treasured Kansas artist" by Linda Graves, First Lady of Kansas, pianist Julie Rivers has been on the Kansas Musical Artists Touring Program each year since 1980. She is also a pianist for the fifteen-state Heartland Arts Fund roster of touring artists, and has performed with the Texas Touring Program and the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

A graduate in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas, Julie has performed with the Saint Louis, Dallas, Oklahoma, San Angelo, Abilene (TX), Lawton, North Arkansas and Topeka Symphonies, among others. She has performed at the Texas Round Top Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival, in addition to many regional touring engagements.

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Jean D: As Far As the Heart Can See


Wonderful, wonderful expressive music. Very descriptive. Beautiful melodies played fantastically by Julie Rivers. I highly recommend this CD. You will not be disappointed.
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Kathy Parsons

“As Far As the Heart Can See” is a joy from start to finish. Julie Rivers has be
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As Far As the Heart Can See
Julie Rivers
2003/EarthStar
51:15
By Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications
Pianist/composer Julie Rivers has created another stand-out collection of solo and ensemble pieces. All of the fourteen tracks are original compositions except for the folk song “The Water Is Wide” which Rivers arranged for her violinist son, Art. A resident of Kansas, Rivers dedicated the album “to the preservation of the tallgrass prairies and all the natural beauty of our Earth,” and most of the pieces were inspired by nature. The majority of the tracks are quiet and serene, but several are orchestrated and two have a big symphonic sweep. The title track opens the album with a feeling of vast open spaces and a gentle sense of longing. Peter Larsen joins Rivers on guitar, and the piece also has some orchestration by Randy Wills - a beautiful beginning! The “Kanza Suite” consists of three lovely pieces: “Sweet Prairie Morning” is a gentle, peaceful ode to the “intoxicating” smell of prairie grasses on the warm breeze of a “dewy Kansas morning.” “Cradle Song” includes a recurring theme from “Sweet Prairie Morning” at a slower tempo accompanied by flute and nature sounds. “Ride the Wild Wind” is one of the “bigger,” more orchestrated pieces and is a theme right out of the old west. “Butterfly” is a gorgeous expression of a Monarch butterfly resting on a wildflower in the prairie grasses; Rivers paints a beautiful vignette of perfect peace and the joy of discovering an unexpected scene of Nature’s grace. “An Old Refrain” is shamelessly romantic with piano and violin melting the heartstrings - it could have come from an old movie! “Prayer at Twilight” is my favorite track on this CD. Hauntingly beautiful with the sound of children’s voices accompanying the piano, the piece is the expression of tranquility and inner peace. Very classical in structure and scope, “As Far As the Heart Can See” is a joy from start to finish. Julie Rivers has been one of my favorite composer/pianists for some time now, and she just keeps getting better!
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