Oklahoma City University’s 2010-11 Distinguished Artist Series concludes April 12, with pianist Vladimir Feltsman performing Bach, Schubert, Schumann-Liszt and Chopin. The 8 p.m. Tuesday concert, presented in partnership with Heritage Hall, will be held in the Petree Recital Hall in the Wanda L. Bass School of Music, 2501 N. Blackwelder. Tickets ($10) are available from (405) 208-5227 or www.okcu.edu/ticketoffice.
The Moscow-born Feltsman applied for a USSR exit visa in 1979 due to his growing discontent with restrictions on artistic freedom under the Soviet regime. He was banned from performing in public and his recordings were suppressed. After eight years of artistic exile, Feltsman was granted permission to leave the Soviet Union. Upon arrival in the United States, he was greeted at the White House, where he performed his first North American recital. Later that year, his debut at Carnegie Hall established him as a major pianist on the international scene.
Feltsman’s repertoire encompasses music from the Baroque period to 20th century composers. He has been the guest artist with leading symphony orchestras around the world.
His discography includes recordings for Melodiya, Sony Classical, Music Masters and Camerata. He has recorded eight albums of J.S. Bach’s clavier works, Beethoven’s last five piano sonatas and solo works of Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Messiaen and Silvestrov.
The Bass School of Music began its Distinguished Artist Series in 2010. Mark Parker, dean of the music school, said the series is intended to bring master musicians to the OCU campus.
“This is a chance for people to hear some great musicians perform great masterpieces, and further enrich the cultural offerings of our city,” Parker said.
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