Sunday, March 28, 2010

Lowenthal at Rutgers Piano Forum

NOTE: I'm removing this post from my archives in February. For some reason (that appears to have nothing to do with this blog) it has been attracting a steady drumbeat of robo page views and its skewing my stats.

Rutgers University's Nicholas Music Center will host regular piano forums featuring distinguished guest artists in recital and master classes. The hall sports a new Steinway and is eager to start showing it off. I don't know yet how often the forums will happen and the info isn't yet posted on the Nicholas website. When I know more, I'll update.

The first installment will be 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. Pianist Jerome Lowenthal, will perform and give a masterclass. Lowenthal is a living piece of piano history having been coached by Artur Rubinstein and appearing with the world's great conductors, including, among the living, Barenboim, Ozawa, Tilson Thomas, Temirkanov, and Slatkin, and, among those relegated to history books and vinyl recordings, Bernstein, Ormandy, Monteux and Stokowski. Lowenthal is a teacher at Juilliard and is planning a recording this year of the complete book of Liszt's "Annes de pelerinage."

Lowenthal will give an hourlong recital of work by Liszt followed by a two-hour master class with Mason Gross pianists. A great opportunity to see and hear some of the best of the great piano tradition as it is transmitted from one generation to the next. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Also, according to the press release: "PIZZA will be provided between the recital and the master class, for all those who attend." That's their capitalization. The only other words in all caps are "JEROME LOWENTHAL" at the start of his bio. Don't underestimate pizza as a marketing tool.

Nicholas Music Center is located 85 George St., New Brunswick on Rutgers Douglass campus.


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