Saturday, September 28, 2013

Renowned Pianist Douglas Humpherys at HSU

 Internationally renowned pianist Douglas Humpherys performs a solo recital of works by Liszt, Schubert, Haydn and Ravel in the Van Duzer Theatre at HSU on Saturday September 28.

 Humphery’s concert career has spanned three decades and four continents, with recent tours of Asian cities. HSU Music professor and pianist Daniela Mineva praised Humpherys for his “great musicianship and inspiring artistry.”

 “It truly will be a great event to hear an artist of this caliber play our new Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano,” Mineva said. 

 At HSU he will perform Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, noted as the composer’s most important piano work. “The Sonata ends on a B-major chord—a true heavenly light,” writes pianist Milen Kirov, “which we finally see after feeling the tumultuous cleansing power of this monumental work of art.” 

 Humpherys also plays Haydn’s Fantasia in C Major (described as a “madcap work of scintillating virtuosity”) and Schubert’s Sonata in A Minor, rarely performed because of its difficulty. (Music writer Tom Service calls it “extreme.”) 

 A noted educator as well as performer, Dr. Humpherys is currently professor of piano and chair of the piano department at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, as well as the director of the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition and Festival, and newly appointed artistic director of the Gina Bachauer Foundation.  He will also conduct a master class at noon on September 27 in the Van Duzer Theatre. It is free and open to the public. 

 Pianist Douglas Humpherys performs an HSU Music Department Guest Artist concert on Saturday September 28 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre at HSU. $10/$5 students and seniors, from HSU Box Office (826-3928) or at the door. 

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