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Secrest Artists season opens with renowned pianist Angela Hewitt

August 20, 2009

Wake Forest University’s Secrest Artists Series will open its 2009-2010 season with a recital by renowned pianist Angela Hewitt.  The concert, featuring works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Beethoven, will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in Brendle Recital Hall.

Critics consider the London-based musician one of the world’s premiere pianists.  In 2005, she completed an 11-year recording project of all Bach’s major keyboard works, and The Guardian called her “the pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time.” Readers of Gramophone voted her Artist of the Year in 2006. 

Hewett has performed extensively throughout the world in concert halls and festivals, and she hosts her own annual international event called the Trasimeno Music Festival at the Castle of the Knights of Malta in Magione, near Perugia, Italy.

Peter Kairoff, professor of music at Wake Forest, will give a free Secrest Signature pre-performance talk at 6:40 p.m. in Room 208, adjacent to Brendle Recital Hall, at the Scales Fine Arts Center.

Tickets for the concert will be available from the Wake Forest Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295 after Labor Day.  General admission is $20; $16 for senior citizens and non-Wake Forest students; and $5 for children under 12.  Group discounts and season tickets are also available.  Season subscriptions are $100; $90 for senior citizens, Wake Forest alumni and non-Wake Forest students.  Tickets are free to Wake Forest students, faculty and staff.

Upcoming concerts in the 2009-2010 Secrest season include:

  • The Luna Negra Dance Theater, performing with the Turtle Island String Quartet and Paquito D’Rivera; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13; Reynolds High School Auditorium.
  •  The Bruckner Orchester Linz, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10; Wait Chapel.
  • Baritone opera singer Nathan Gunn, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21; Wait Chapel.
  • South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo; 7:30 p.m. March 4; Wait Chapel.

For more information, including Hewitt’s performance program at Wake Forest, visit or call the Secrest Artists Series office at (336) 758-5757.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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