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Philippe Bianconi

Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 pm
PepsiCo Recital Hall, TCU

Program:

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 "Pathétique"

Robert Schumann
Kreisleriana, Op.16

Claude Debussy
Feuilles mortes - La Puerta del Vino
Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses
La Terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
Feux d'artifice

Franz Liszt
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Mephisto-Waltz No.1

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French pianist Philippe Bianconi, winner of the Silver Medal in the Seventh Van Cliburn International Competition, has enthralled audiences and critics throughout the world with his brilliant performances in recital and with orchestra. He has been described as a pianist whose playing is "always close to the soul of the music, filling the space with poetry and life" ( Washington Post ), and whose "extraordinary exhibition of musicianship and technical control lends the music a freshness, immediacy and conviction one all too seldom encounters" (The Times, London).

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Paul Badura-Skoda

Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 pm
PepsiCo Recital Hall, TCU

Program:

Joseph Haydn
Sonata in A-flat major, Hob.XVI/46

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53 "Waldstein"

Frank Martin
Fantaisie sur des rythmes flamenco , 1973
(dedicated to Paul Badura-Skoda)

Robert Schumann
Symphonic Etudes, Op.13

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Paul Badura-Skoda is one of the most important pianist of our time. A legendary artist who has been heard in all the world's greatest concert halls, and for years was the pianist who had the largest number of recordings available in the market. His musical personality is characterized by complete immersion in music, a passionate search for the essential, and a sense of artistic responsibility. It soon became evident to any listener that he loves music with every part of his being.

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John Owings

Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 pm
PepsiCo Recital Hall, TCU


Program:

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No.26 in E-flat major, Op.81a "Les Adieux"

Johannes Brahms
Piano Pieces, Op.76

Maurice Ravel
Valses nobles et sentimentales

Isaac Albéniz
El puerto from Iberia, Book I
Triana from Iberia , Book II

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John Owings consistently wins enthusiastic praise from audiences and critics for his exciting pianism and sensitive artistry. "Real spiritual elaction" was how the London Daily Telegram described his playing of the Elliott Carter Piano Sonata. The Cleveland Plain Dealer called his playing a "fine blend of technical brilliance with expessivity", and the Houston Post, reviewing his performance of the Ravel G major Concerto, said "the audience was spellbound".

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Menahem Pressler
and
The Calder Quartet


Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 pm
PepsiCo Recital Hall, TCU


Program:

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, Op.110

Claude Debussy

Estampes


Antonín Dvorák
Piano Quintet in A major, Op.81

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Menahem Pressler, founding member and pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio (founded in 1955), has established himself among the world's most distinguished and honored musicians, with a career that spans nearly five decades.

".....a poet time and again, revealing unsuspected depth in works that have been endlessly plumbed and surveyed."
                          The New York Times

"Pressler's ability to give all voices prominence while simultaneously isolating the melody was amazing. His fingers still retain their youthful facility..."
                            The Washington Post

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Arie Vardi

Wednesday, June 27 at 7:30 pm
PepsiCo Recital Hall, TCU


The Polonaise
- "The Hymn of Battles"
An entertaining musical journey into the world of the Polonaise. With musical excerpts, Mr. Vardi will inform us of the Polish national spirit that is so essential for the performance of this dance. Intuition and excellent technique will never replace the culture, customs, history, and psychology of the nation of which Chopin was a famous son.






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Arie Vardi is a professor of piano at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Hannover and at the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University , where he served as its director and chaired the Piano Faculty. More than 30 of his students have won first prizes in international competitions. He is best known to television viewers for his series “Master Classes”, the family series of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra which he conducts and presents, and currently for his new series “Intermezzo with Arik”. He has performed widely as soloist with major orchestras under the baton of Semion Bychkov, Sergio Commissiona, Lukas Foss, Kurt Masur, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Zubin Mehta, Paul Paray, Paul Sacher and David Zinman, among others. His concert tours have taken him to Eastern and Western Europe, the United States , Latin America, the Far East, Australia, Russia and Japan.

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John O'Conor

Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 pm
PepsiCo Recital Hall, TCU


Program:

Ludwig van Beethoven
Bagatelles, Op.126

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 "Moonlight"


Franz Schubert
Sonata in C minor, D.958


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The Irish pianist John O'Conor has earned a worldwide reputation as a masterful interpreter of the Classic and Early Romantic piano repertoires and has been called a true Poet of the Piano.

"John O'Conor must be ranked high indeed ... this was exquisite playing - lucid, poised and cool; he gave himself to the expression of this graceful music. This was a memorable concert."
                                The New York Times

"O'Conor brought real poetry to his recital of late-period Beethoven ... incisive, even visionary projections that drove to the heart of the musical matter. O'Conor led us with a lucid touch and a keen intellect ... this artist has the kind of flawless touch that makes an audience gasp."
                               The Washington Post