|by Karen Handley • January 31, 2006|
Wabash College’s Visiting Artists Series will present a concert by pianist Andreas Klein Sunday, February 5 in Salter Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center. The performance starts at 4 p.m.
This is the debut feature performance for the College’s Steinway B concert piano. The Steinway B is the result of a generous gift from John ’72 and Jill Failey. Wabash will dedicate the piano and publicly recognize the Faileys following the intermission.
German-born pianist Andreas Klein is not only internationally acclaimed as a luminous and captivating artist, but also as an introspective and poetic performer. His brilliant technique serves only as a tool to command a wide range of tonal colors and his unequaled approach elicits lyricism in a repertoire ranging from Baroque to the 20th century works. The New York Times summed it up: "A fascinating artist with all the indispensable qualities: temperament, taste, touch, and tone, the four T’s of pianism."
Most recently, he received highest accolades for his crystalline Mozart interpretations as soloist with the world renowned Lucerne Festival Strings. They appeared in 10 U.S. cities and some of these concerts were broadcast by NPR’s "Performance Today" and by WGBH Boston.
Klein’s career as soloist has taken him to a number of the world’s most prestigious venues: London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and to Rome, Milan, Bern, Leipzig, Dresden, Damascus, and Yerevan. He has toured Europe, the Middle East, and throughout the U.S. appearing in major music centers.
Klein is heard frequently on National Public Radio’s "Performance Today" on numerous syndicated and local radio programs. To attract and introduce television audiences to classical music, he created a series of short television segments called Intermezzo with Andreas Klein for PBS, in which he performs works by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, etc. with visualization of the musical content.
Klein has received exceptional reviews for his CD releases of the Beethoven and Berg Sonatas (EROICA) and Dancing through Time (EROICA). The latter was featured in a two-hour special edition of The Piano Bench at KUHF Radio in Houston. Active as a record producer he has recorded symphonies, choirs, chamber ensembles, festivals and numerous soloists in live concerts and for CD releases. His recordings have been broadcast on NPR’s affiliate radio stations.
He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and complemented his studies with the legendary Claudio Arrau and Nikita Magaloff.
Seating for Visiting Artists Series events will be by general admission, though free tickets are required for Visiting Artists Series programs.
Contact the Fine Arts Center Box Office by email at email@example.com or by phone: 765-361-6411. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. The box office will open 90 minutes before curtain time for Visiting Artists events. Tickets not claimed at the Box Office 10 minutes prior to curtain will be released to the general public.