Guest Artist Recital by Brian Ganz, piano

The McDaniel College Department of Music and the Carroll County Music Teachers Association will present a recital by acclaimed pianist Brian Ganz.  The concert will take place Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge.

Ganz’s program will focus on Chopin, including the complete Preludes, Op. 28.  Ganz also plans to perform a Ballade, some Mazurkas, and assorted less often heard works such as the “Trois Ecossaises,” the “Lento con Gran Espressione,” and “Presto con Leggerezza.”

Brian Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation.  The Washington Post has written: “One comes away from a recital by pianist Brian Ganz not only exhilarated by the power of the performance but also moved by his search for artistic truth.”

For many years Mr. Ganz has made it his mission to join vivid music making with warmth and intimacy onstage, often guiding listeners on a journey of discovery inside the composer’s craft.  The result is a new kind of listening experience in which great works come to life with insight and authentic emotional power.

In January of 2011, Mr. Ganz began a multi-year project with the National Philharmonic in which he will perform the complete works of Chopin at the Strathmore Music Center.  The inaugural recital, called “masterly” by the Washington Post, featured solo works of the romantic composer.  Future recitals will include all the chamber works and songs as well as the complete solo works.  The orchestral works will feature Mr. Ganz in collaboration with the National Philharmonic and Maestro Gajewski.  The second recital of the series took place in February of 2012 before a capacity crowd at Strathmore.  The next recital, with the theme "Small Worlds," took place January 19 of 2013 and featured the 24 Preludes, Op. 28.  Also in 2012, Mr. Ganz performed in the Cartagena International Music Festival in Colombia and the Alba Music Festival in Italy.  He has played the Debussy Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra with the National Philharmonic and Maestro Gajewski, and the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Chesapeake Orchestra on the River Concert Series at St. Mary's College of Maryland.  Currently, Mr. Ganz is Artist-in-Residence at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is on the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 410-857-2599.

Friday, April 5, 2013 at 7:30pm

McDaniel Hall, McDaniel Lounge

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