Pianist Anton Nel Presents a Lyceum Series Recital at Baylor

October 16, 2019
South African pianist Anton Nel will present a guest recital at Baylor University as part of the School of Music’s Lyceum Series. His performance will be on Monday, October 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall.
Winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, Anton Nel tours internationally as recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He also teaches at The University of Texas at Austin, where he heads the Division of Keyboard Studies.
Opening Mr. Nel’s Baylor program will be five selections from French composer Claude Debussy’s two books of Preludes.
Then he will play Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946, by Austrian composer Franz Schubert. Dating from the composer’s final year, these three pieces are sometimes included among Schubert’s Impromptus.
Following intermission, Mr. Nel will perform the fiendishly difficult Allegro de Concierto, Op. 46, of Spanish composer Enrique Granados. This work was begun in the 1890’s, but Granados pressed forward with a revision effort and did not deem it worthy of publication until 1903.
The program will close with a middle-period masterwork by the great German composer, Ludwig van Beethoven. His Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, was written in 1804 and has acquired the nickname of “Waldstein” because Beethoven’s dedicated it to his friend and patron, Count Ferdinand Ernst Gabriel von Waldstein of Vienna. It is considered to be one of the composer’s finest and most technically challenging piano sonatas.
This Lyceum Series recital, made possible by the Meadows Foundation of Dallas, is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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