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Classical Pianist Brian Ganz Offers Free Preview at St. Mary’s College of Extreme Chopin Recital

St. Mary’s College of MD Musician-in-Residence Brian Ganz will kick off the spring semester’s musical offerings on Thursday, January 23 with an all-Chopin recital on the theme of Ganz’s signature “Musical Gardening.” The recital, which will be a preview of the next installment of his “Extreme Chopin” series at the Music Center at Strathmore, will take place at 8pm in the Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall on the college campus and is free and open to the public. For more information call (240) 895-4498or visit http://www.smcm.edu/events/organizer/music-department/. “I’m excited about this year’s recital because the entire program will be devoted to Musical Gardening,” the pianist said. “I’ve found it to be a wonderful way to present early works of Chopin. I show how those works contain the seeds of his genius, and then I play more mature works in the same genres to demonstrate the full flowering of that genius.” The Chopin works to be featured in episodes of Musical Gardening include mazurkas, polonaises, nocturnes, funeral marches and waltzes. “Take the nocturnes, for example,”Ganz said,”I’ll play the very first nocturne Chopin composed, the E minor published later as Op. 72, No. 1, and talk about how it may have been […]

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