World-renowned Steinway Artist Michael Rickman plays Friday
Stetson University School of Music will present the 21st Annual Piano Scholars Festival, a part of the Great Pianists at Stetson series, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 3-5, at Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, Fla., 32723. All performances are free and open to the public.
Friday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.
The weekend kicks off with Steinway Artist and Stetson University Professor of Music Michael Rickman, D.M.A. This will be Rickman’s last solo recital in Lee Chapel as a professor of music. Rickman has achieved critical acclaim on three continents as a “resourceful and sensitive pianist, technically in control and emotionally rewarding,” and for his “masterful technique and unswerving control…a happy combination of the head, hand and heart, he is an intelligent, even intellectual performer…”
Rickman will be performing a piano arrangement of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and Partita No. 4 in D Major by J.S. Bach as well as Etudes Symphoniques by Robert Schumann and Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel.
Saturday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Piano Scholars Recital
This concert will showcase 18 of the Stetson’s piano scholars, representing all levels of study, performing works from composers of the 19th and 20th centuries including Chopin, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Scriabin, Debussy, Prokofiev and Bartok.
Sunday, Feb. 5, 3 p.m.
Alumni Piano Recital
This concert features eight talented and accomplished alumni of Dr. Rickman’s studio performing such works as Transcendental Etude No. 8, “Wilde Jagd,” and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 by Franz Liszt; Rondo in A Minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Danseus de delphes and L’isle joyeuse by Claude Debussy and others.
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