MAILED: Sept. 3, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- Pianist Jon Nakamatsu, gold medalist of the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will open this season's Artists Series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Only the third American to receive the prestigious award, he will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Fine Arts Center's Gantner Concert Hall.
Performed on the hall's new Steinway grand piano, the program will include the following:
- "Sonata in C Major, Op. 33, No. 3," by Muzio Clementi (1752-1832).
- Chopin's "Polonaise in C-sharp minor, Op. 26, No. 1," and "Grand Fantasy on Polish Airs, Op. 13."
- "Nine Bagatelles" a work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom (1938-) that was commissioned for the Van Cliburn competition.
- Liszt's "Sonetto 104 del Petrarca" (from "Annees de Pelerinage"), and "Tarantella" (from "Venezia e Napoli").
On Wednesday, Sept. 24, Nakamatsu will return to the Artists Series' stage with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, to perform Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 19." The MSO, conducted by Neal Gittleman, also will play music by Weber and Dvorak at the concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.
On June 8, Nakamatsu received the Van Cliburn gold medal -- becoming the first American in 16 years to have achieved the distinction. The 28-year-old Californian with no formal conservatory background also received the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for his semifinal round performance with the Tokyo String Quartet.
A first prize winner of the 1995 U.S. National Chopin Competition, Nakamatsu graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in German studies and a master's degree in education. He has studied music privately with Marina Derryberry since the age of 6.
Nakamatsu will be featured in "Playing with Fire," a documentary about the 10th Van Cliburn competition that will air nationwide on PBS television stations in October.
Special reduced pricing is being offered to those wishing to buy tickets for both inaugural Artists Series events. The two-event ticket package is $25 for the general public; $20 for those age 62 and over, and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff; or $8 for those age 17 and under, and UW-Eau Claire students. Packages are now on sale at the University Service Center in Davies Center, and may be charged to MasterCard or Visa when ordered by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 -- or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
Tickets for either the Nakamatsu solo recital or the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert are $15 for the general public; $13 for those age 62 and over, and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff; or $5 for those age 17 and under, and UW-Eau Claire students. Single tickets will go on sale at the Service Center on Monday, Sept. 8, and will be sold at the door.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate. The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 3, 1997