Monday, September 21, 2009

Free Concert at the Mount - World Renowned Pianist

The Mount St. Mary’s University Department of Visual and Performing Arts announces a concert by renowned pianist Dan Franklin Smith on Friday September 25, 2009.

Mr. Smith, who resides in New York City, has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist throughout the United States at such venues as the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Cleveland Museum's Distinguished Artist Series, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. He has recently returned from Germany where he performed in, among other venues, Kurt Weill Zentrum in Dessau and the Lucas Cranach Hof in Wittenberg. Other European engagements have included performances in Paris, Oslo, Stockholm, Leipzig, Brussels, and London.

His recent recordings of piano concertos by Kurt Atterberg and Hans Huber for the Qualiton label have been hailed by critics as “… absolutely superb…the recording debut of a truly exceptional new pianist.” In additions Smith’s work as a solo artist has been described as "breathtakingly beautiful . . . . The dazzling, agile finger work left the audience in utter awe."
The concert will mark Mr. Smith’s third appearance on stage at the Mount. His upcoming will include works by Chopin, Busoni, Copland, Gottschalk, and Previn.

The program will be held at 7:30pm in the Marion Burk Knott Auditorium on the Mount St. Mary’s University campus in Emmitsburg.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at (301) 447-5308.
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