Chopin’s 200th Birthday Performance

Posted January 28th, 2010 at 4:23 pm.

The Learning to Listen Series presents pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine performing the work of Frédéric François Chopin in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the date of the composer’s birth.

Moutouzkine will be performing at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, in the Goodhart Music Room. Admission is free, and birthday will be cake served to mark the occasion.

Moutouzkine is a Russian pianist, active throughout Europe and the USA. He burst onto the U.S. concert scene at the age of 19, after garnering the Special Award for Artistic Potential at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, of which The Dallas Morning News music critic wrote: “… Moutouzkine played Brahms’ Op. 117 Intermezzi more beautifully, more movingly, than I’ve ever heard them. At once sad, tender and noble, this was playing of heart-stopping intimacy and elegance…”

The Learning to Listen Series is made possible by an endowment from an alumna who wanted today’s students to experience the joys she found in music. Events feature virtuosic musicianship, enlightening conversation and tasty refreshments. Attendees are eligible to win an all-expense paid trip to a performance at the Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center in April.

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