On Sunday, April 2, The University of Tampa will welcome multi-talented pianist Alexander Frey, whom Leonard Bernstein referred to as “a wonderful spirit,” for the final concert in the 2016-2017 PNC Bank Concert Artist Series at the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. The performance begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The program for the concert will include works by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) and Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), including the North American premiere of Korngold’s Walz an Luzi and the world premiere of Bernstein’s Valse Gaea. Frey will also perform Korngold’s Don Quixote and Marchenbilder, Op. 3, and Bernstein’s Thirteen Anniversaries.
Although living in Berlin, Frey’s career as a conductor, organist, pianist, harpsichordist and recording artist has taken him all over the globe with performances in the music capitals of Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa.
As pianist and organist, Frey has performed with many of the world’s great symphony orchestras. He also served as principal conductor of the Rome Philharmonic Orchestra from 1996–2002 and the Bohemia Symphony Orchestra in Prague from 2000–2006, and his many guest conducting appearances include performances with almost 50 orchestras on five continents. This year, he is serving as artist-in-residence for the Gaulitana International Music Festival in Malta.
Amongst his many recordings, his award-winning recording of Korngold’s Between Two Worlds was listed by Gramophone Magazine as one of the “250 Greatest Recordings of All Time,” and his recording of Bernstein’s Peter Pan reached No. 8 on the Billboard Classical Music Chart. He released two new albums in 2016, Tribal Domestic (Sony) and Big Americana Box (Bach Guild).
Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is available on campus, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd.