Classical pianist Jeremy Denk, a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, makes his Penn State recital debut at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Schwab Auditorium with a world-premiere performance of a work by jazz composer Brad Mehldau. Denk is also featured at a free and casual Classical Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Hintz Family Alumni Center. Both events are on the Penn State University Park campus.
"Of all of America's up-and-coming classical instrumentalists, Jeremy Denk, the pianist-blogger who won a MacArthur Foundation 'genius' grant in September, might well be the most interesting," wrote a Wall Street Journal reporter.
Denk's Jan. 29 concert includes Fantasy, the Mehldau composition co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State. The program also includes works by Mozart, Schumann and others.
Tickets are still available for the Schwab concert.
Hear my interview with Denk. The webcast includes a sample of music from the pianist's new and critically acclaimed album featuring Bach's Goldberg Variations.
Read my feature article about the pianist.
Musical America named Denk its instrumentalist of the Year for 2014. And Out, a magazine covering gay and lesbian perspectives on culture, politics and more, featured Denk in its 19th-annual Out100 list of achievers.
At the Jan. 28 Classical Coffeehouse, Denk will perform selected music and have a conversation with the audience. Complimentary coffee and cookies will be served, and each attendee will receive a Classical Coffeehouse mug, while supply lasts.
Classical Coffeehouse is presented in partnership with the Blue & White Society and the Penn State Alumni Association. The Penn State Council of LionHearts also provides support.