German Pianist To Perform At Baylor Feb. 10

Feb. 5, 2003

by Richard Veit

Pianist Jan Gottlieb Jiracek will perform at Baylor University at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in Roxy Grove Hall. This performance is the final event of this year's Distinguished Artist Series.

The program will include Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 11, Schumann's Symphonic Etudes, Chopin's Scherzo No. 1, Messiaen's Le baiser de l'enfant Jésus and Stravinsky's setting of three movements from his ballet Petrouchka.

Born into a German-Czechoslovakian family of musicians, Jiracek was a top prize winner at both the Busoni Competition and the Maria Canals Competition and was a finalist at the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Jiracek has performed extensively throughout Europe, including recitals in such music capitals as Munich, Berlin, London, Paris, Barcelona, Zurich, Vienna, Hamburg and Leipzig. He also has appeared as concerto soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia of England. Jiracek's performances in the United States include those with Kennedy Center's Washington Chamber Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets for the Distinguished Artist Series concert are priced at $15, with senior citizens and Baylor faculty, staff and students admitted for $10. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-1161.

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