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Volume 72, Issue 47, Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Life & Arts

Moores marks Mozart's birthday

by ASHLEA MAJORS
The Daily Cougar

The Moores School of Music presents Happy Birthday Mozart, a faculty recital with violinist Andrzej Grabiec and Timothy Hester on the fortepiano, celebrating the 250th anniversray of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birth.

Grabiec is an international soloist who has performed all over the world. He has performed with the Polish Nation al Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra. At the International Competition for Chamber Music Ensembles in France he won first prize. He is a former concertmaster and a recording artist. Grabiec is currently a professor of violin at UH.

Hester is the associate professor of piano at UH and serves as director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts. He received his bachelor of music from UH and his Master of Music from The Juilliard School. He has performed in numerous countries and is a regular at the Schlern International Music Festival in Northern Italy. In 2003, the Moores Society named him Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year.

"This year is celebrated by the musical world as the year of Mozart; it is exactly 250 years ago when Mozart was born," Grabiec said. "There is no question that he is one of the greatest geniuses in classical music who ever lived."

One of the most unique aspects of the evening is the opportunity to hear Hester playing the fortepiano. The fortepiano is a replica of a 1795 instrument, which was the type of instrument that Mozart played.

"This is the only chance this semester to hear a forte piano on campus," Hester said. "The sounds are just magical. It is an exciting chance to hear a period instrument performance." 

The perform will consist of six Mozart "Kurfurstin" sonatas.

"We are going to present something that is quite unique," Grabiec said. "We have chosen six sonatas that are short little jewels that are absolutely glorious pieces."

The recital will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Dudley Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building.

Tickets will be $10 and $5 for students and seniors and are available at the door.

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