Faculty Select Series: Andrew Parr, piano
Faculty Select Series
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.
Green Center, 605 S. College Ave.
While at Yale University, composer Aaron Copland said of pianist ANDREW PARR, “he performed the work as though he had written it himself.” For his guest performance at DePauw, Parr will bring to life Brahms’s symphonic Sonata in C Major, Op. 1, with its unique variations on an old German folk tune, followed by four pieces from Isaac Albeñiz’s Iberia Suite. Considered a masterpiece of piano literature, the suite’s atmospheric evocations of evenings in Spain — complete with “the odors of flowers and brandy” — have been praised by the likes of Claude Debussy. Both performer and audience will find the technical difficulty and rich harmonic complexity of Thursday’s program musically gratifying.
About the Artist
ANDREW PARR, a native of Northeast Ohio, began piano study at the age of five. He furthered his education at Kent State University, at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria (as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship), and at Yale University, where he earned both his master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Among his teachers have been Claude Frank, Tung Kwong-Kwong, Noel Flores, Dieter Weber, Marcel Ciampi (in Paris, France) and Ward Davenny.
Since moving to Texas in 1983 to join the faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Parr has performed extensively in solo, chamber and concerto settings. Highlights include Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major with the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, the Aaron Copland Piano Concerto with the Belgrade Philharmonic in the former Yugoslavia, and Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 in F Minor on tour with the San Antonio Symphony. Among other concerto performances have been Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Brahms’s Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Schumann’s Concerto in A Minor, Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos, and Gerald Finzi’s Ecologue.
General admission: $10
Tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free.