Last week the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presented pianist Jeremy Denk, Musical America's instrumentalist of the year for 2014 and recent recipient of a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship. Tonight, another of the world's great piano virtuosos makes his Penn State debut.
German pianist Sebastian Knauer joins Austria's Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra, on its first tour to the United States, to perform Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor at 7:30 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium. Philippe Entremont, himself a gifted pianist, conducts the orchestra. The program also includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 35 in D Major, Haffner, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major.
Tickets for the Feb. 6 concert are still available. You can buy them at the door. Phone 814-863-0255 with questions.
Hear my interview with Knauer, which features a sample from one of his CDs.
Knauer, who lives in Hamburg, has appeared in prominent concert halls on four continents. He earned a Grammy nomination in 2005 for the album East Meets West, his collaboration with violinist Daniel Hope.
The Vienna Concert-Verein, created by members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in 1987, has gained international stature through its performances at Musikverein in Vienna and on tours throughout Europe and Asia. The ensemble's repertoire ranges from orchestra works of the Viennese classical composers to contemporary Austrian music. The orchestra has premiered more than 65 works by contemporary Austrian composers.
Entremont, one of Knauer's former teachers, began his esteemed career at 18 when he came to international attention by performing at New York City's Carnegie Hall.
Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring the orchestra's concertmaster Franz Fischer, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the concert and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints sometimes fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.
This presentation is a component of the Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project. With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project provides opportunities to engage students, faculty and the community with classical music artists and programs.
Knauer and Entremont are scheduled to participate in master classes open to the public for observation. Go to master classes for details.