Internationally acclaimed pianist Charles Asche will bring the works of Beethoven and Chopin to life in the third public concert of MTSU's 2016-17 Keyboard Artist Series, set Sunday, Jan. 29, in the Wright Building's Hinton Music Hall.
Asche, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present a 3 p.m. program that includes Beethoven's "Appassionata" Sonata and Chopin's "Sonata No. 3 in B Minor," along with a shorter Beethoven standalone work, "Andante favori in F Major."
"The 'Appasionata' will be familiar to many people, containing some of Beethoven's most memorable themes and technically demanding passages," said Adam Clark, a professor of piano inMTSU's School of Music and one of Asche's former students.
"The Chopin sonata presents the composer at the height of his compositional powers. The work contains some of his most beautiful and characteristic melodies, as well as moments of virtuosity that one might expect to find in his etudes."
Asche has performed as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, South America, Russia and Asia in venues that include the renowned Rachmaninoff Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, Taiwan's National Recital Hall in Taipei, the Sala America in the National Library in Santiago, Chile, and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Originally from Miami, Florida, Asche, a product of the prestigious National Music Camp at Interlochen and a winner in the camp's Concerto Competition, earned his doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin with one of the first comprehensive studies of the piano works of Cuban composers Amadeo Roldan and Alejandro Garcia Caturla.
"We are very excited to present this eminent pianist and teacher," said Clark. "He has performed and taught all over the world, and will bring a wealth of insight, artistry and experience to our stage. I know that I would not be where I am today had it not for the gift of being able to study with him.
"It is an honor to present him at MTSU, and I'm hopeful that many people from our community will come out to hear him."
There is no public admission charge for Asche's concert or any of the Keyboard Artist Series performances, but organizers suggest a $10 donation for non-MTSU students and faculty.
The 2016-17 Keyboard Artist Series, which features MTSU faculty and distinguished guest artists from around the world, concludes Monday, Feb. 27, with a concert by Arunesh Nadgir,coordinator of keyboard studies for MTSU's School of Music.
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