Viennese Professor to Present Piano Recital April 8

March 31, 1999

by Richard Veit

Wolfgang Watzinger, professor of piano in the concert performance department of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, will perform a guest recital at Baylor University at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Roxy Grove Hall.

Watzinger has performed with much acclaim as recitalist and orchestra soloist in major European cities, the United States, South Africa, Asia and South America. He won first prize in the 1971 National Piano Competition of the German Music Academies in Frankfurt. Two years later, he commenced studies with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

He also serves as a permanent faculty member of the Vienna International Music Seminar.

Watzinger's program will open with Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, a work written in 1802. Then, he will perform what is considered to be the earliest of Franz Schubert's mature piano sonatas, his Sonata in A minor, D. 784, which dates from February 1823.

After intermission, Watzinger will present Maurice Ravel's Jeux d'eau and the Six Little Piano Pieces by Arnold Schoenberg.

Concluding the program will be Johannes Brahms's first book of Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35.

This recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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