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Virtuoso pianist performs at WFU


September 18, 2006

Marc-André Hamelin, renowned French-Canadian pianist, will perform as part of Wake Forest University’s Secrest Artists Series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Brendle Recital Hall. A Secrest Signature Talk with Scott Klein, associate professor of English, will be held prior to the concert at 6:40 p.m. in Room 208, adjacent to the Brendle lobby.

Hamelin’s program will feature Beethoven’s “Sonata in E Major, Op. 109,” Pancho Vladigerov’s “Sonatina Concertante, Op. 28” and “Rudepoema” by Heitor Villa-Lobos.

The recipient of three Grammy nominations, Hamelin has performed with symphonies throughout the world, including the Montreal Symphony, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Queensland Orchestra, and at festivals such as the Festival International de Lanaudière, the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival and the International Keyboard Festival. This year, he will debut with the San Francisco Symphony and the Kansas Symphony.

He was nominated as Gramophone magazine’s 2005 Artist of the Year for his recordings of Isaac Albiéniz’ “Iberia” and Charles Ives’ “Concord” Sonata. His “Iberia” recording also received the 2006 Juno Award for best classical album solo or chamber ensemble. In recognition of his recorded work, Hamelin will be awarded the Ehrenurkunde (Certificate of Special Merit) of the German Record Critics’ Award in December. His most recent release is a recording of Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra led by Andrew Litton.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens and non-WFU students; and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available from the Theatre Box Office in Scales Fine Arts Center by calling (336) 758-5295.

Upcoming concerts in the Secrest Artists Series include:

  • Nov. 8, Sao Paulo Orchestra of Brazil, performing Brazilian and Latin music, 7:30 p.m., Wait Chapel.
  • Feb. 22 - 23, “Nomad: The River,” featuring Chinese artist Yin Mei in a unique blend of Chinese and Western dance, theater and music, 7:30 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall.
  • March 29, The Tallis Scholars, a renowned English choral ensemble performing Renaissance sacred music, 7:30 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237
barretpm@wfu.edu

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237
coxkp@wfu.edu


Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin is the second performer in Wake Forest's Secrest Artists Series.
Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin is the second performer in Wake Forest's Secrest Artists Series.
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