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- December 24
Pianists Brian Ganz and Beverly Babcock in Concert
St. Mary's College of Maryland's musician-in-residence Brian Ganz and piano faculty member Beverly Babcock will give a recital of works for piano four hands (piano duet), and a few works for piano solo, on Thursday, March 27 at noon in the college's Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary's Hall. The program will include several favorites from Johannes Brahms's Waltzes, Op. 39, and one of Schubert's masterpieces for four hands, the Rondeau in A major, D. 951 Also featured on the program will be several of Frédéric Chopin's nocturnes, preludes and mazurkas played by both Babcock and Ganz. This will be a ticketed event. Purchase tickets at the door. St. Mary's College of Maryland students are admitted free of charge; college faculty and staff, as well as St. Mary's Arts Alliance members, will be charged a $5 admission fee; general admission is $7. Information at (240) 895-4310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ganz, recognized as one of the leading pianist of his generation, commented on the music selected for this concert. "Schubert was a rarity: a composer who wrote gorgeously for the piano but never wrote a piano concerto. He preferred to write music that highlights cooperation and the absence of showmanship. So his four hand works are acknowledged by many pianists to be the greatest music for that medium. The Rondeau is a work of tremendous lyrical beauty, but it's not often played. We hope that our listeners fall in love with the rich texture of Schubert's four hand 'voice' and are inspired to explore other duets by him."
Ganz has shared First Grand Prize in the Marguerite Long Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition. He has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the City of London Sinfonia and Paris's L'Orchestre Lamoureux and under the direction of conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Mstislav Rostropovich. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Leon Fleisher. Ganz is on an "Extreme Chopin" quest to perform all 250 works of the composer in this decade at the National Philharmonic at Strathmore Hall. The next such concert will be in early 2015.
Beverly Babcock studied piano with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory, among others, and has served on the piano faculty at the College of William and Mary. In addition to her work as resident accompanist at St. Mary's College of Maryland, she works with singers and instrumentalists in the Washington, D.C. area.