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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Garrick Ohlsson to Perform
Oct. 6 at UW-Eau Claire
phone (715) 836-4741
fax (715) 836-2900

MAILED: Sept. 16, 1998

EAU CLAIRE — Garrick Ohlsson, world-renowned American pianist and Boesendorfer artist, will perform music by Bach, Liszt and Chopin at his Artist Series concert on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall, and will be followed by a reception in the foyer of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
The special event celebrates the 10th anniversary of the acquisition of UW-Eau Claire's Boesendorfer Imperial Grand Piano, Opus 39,688. The piano was presented as a gift to the department of music and theatre arts by the Viennese Ball Committee, key contributors to the fund-raising campaign, Kimball International and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc.
Each Boesendorfer piano is hand-crafted in Vienna, and takes about 62 weeks to produce. The opus number is the actual sequenced number of the piano going back to the first Boesendorfer, built in 1828. Only a few more than 44,000 of the pianos have been made, and only 50 are brought into the United States each year. Measuring 9 1/2 feet in length, the instrument is characterized by an extended keyboard (97 rather than 88 keys) and a rich, singing, sustaining tone.
"In Ohlsson's hands, [a Boesendorfer] commands an enormous sonority and an almost orchestral range of sound, from hard, glittery surfaces with crystalline treble voices to the most velvety soft tones, and a ringing bass," wrote a Seattle Times reviewer.
Expressive power, a sure grasp of musical architecture and a gigantic sweep mark the playing of Garrick Ohlsson. Although he has long been regarded as one of the world's leading exponents of the music of Chopin, Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire that encompasses virtually the entire piano literature. He has come to be particularly noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as music of the late Romantic era.
At his Artists Series concert, Ohlsson will perform Organ Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542, by Bach/Liszt; Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, by Chopin; and The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, by Bach.
"He is a powerful player in complete control of the keyboard; what he wants from the music, he is going to get," The Chicago Tribune reported last February in reviewing a concert that included Ohlsson's performance of Chopin's third sonata. "The rubatos [were] gracefully yielding but never distorting, the passage work sometimes glittering, sometimes velvety. The Scherzo especially was a shimmer on a rippling surface, and the angry energy of the finale ended in a volcanic shower of sparks."
Ohlsson gained worldwide accolades for his sold-out series of performances of the complete solo works of Chopin — a historic accomplishment which he also traversed over eight volumes on the Arabesque label. A prolific recording artist, Ohlsson can also be heard on the RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel, Bridge, BMG, Delos, Hanssler, Nonesuch, Telarc and Virgin Classics labels.
Garrick Ohlsson was born in White Plains, N.Y., where he began his piano studies at the age of 8. He attended the Westchester Conservatory of Music and at 13 he entered The Juilliard School in New York City. In high school Ohlsson demonstrated an extraordinary aptitude for mathematics and languages, but the concert stage remained his true career objective. He won First Prizes at the 1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and the 1968 Montreal Piano Competition — but it was his triumph at the 1970 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, where he won the Gold Medal, that brought him worldwide recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994.
Tickets 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. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door.
Patrons also may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order 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.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.


UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: Sept. 22, 1998