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Symphony features soloist in concert

March 6, 1997

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The Waco Symphony Orchestra will host a concert at 8 tonight in Waco Hall. The performance will feature soloist Enrique Graf, a pianist from the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

By Kelly Maher

Lariat Reporter

The Waco Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert tonight featuring pianist Enrique Graf of the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Graf is presently artist-in-residence at the College of Charleston and artistic director of the international piano series at the school.

Graf first visited Baylor in 1989 for an interview for a teaching position. However, Graf chose the College of Charleston to be his home. As artist-in-residence, he teaches piano, visits other schools as an artist teacher and just spends time playing the piano.

Graf has already released four recordings. His latest recording is Grieg's Concerto in A Minor, with the Moscow Philharmonic. He said his greatest accomplishment was winning the William Coppel Competition at the University of Maryland.

'It was a big boost for my career,' Graf said.

The talented pianist has toured extensively in the United States, South America and Europe. For two weeks in July, Graf will be artist-in-residence in Balboa, Spain.

Graf said he has been playing the piano 'forever.' He actually began playing at the age of four and turned professional at the age of 17. Musical talent runs in Graf's family. Both his mother and father play the piano and the violin, and his brother is a rock musician.

Graf grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay and came to the United States at 18 to study at the Peabody Conservatory.

'I never thought it [playing the piano] would become a career,' Graf said. 'It was always more of a hobby.'

Stephen Heyde, music director for the orchestra, has several of Graf's recordings and considers him very 'well-liked.'

A pre-concert lecture will be given by assistant professor of keyboard studies Dr. John Cozza at Roxy Grove Hall to discuss and help students better understand the music to be performed.

The concert will be held at 8 tonight in Waco Hall. The orchestra will perform Brahms' Symphony No. 4, Op. 98, in e minor, Sokal Fanfare by Janacek, and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 16, in A minor by Grieg.

Tickets are available at the Waco Symphony office at 600 Austin Ave. Students can receive half-price tickets at the box office with presentation of their student ID.

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