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Distinguished Artists Series: Steinway Artist Plays Romantic Classics

Award-winning concert pianist Sergio Monteiro continues Oklahoma City University’s Distinguished Artists Series Nov. 3 with a salute to four 19th-century titans of the piano, performing works by Romantic composers Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn and Frédéric Chopin. 

The Sunday matinee — OCU’s annual Mae Ruth Swanson Memorial Concert — will begin at 3 p.m. in the Bass School of Music’s Petree Recital Hall at N.W. 25th Street and Blackwelder Avenue. Tickets ($10) are available online at www.okcu.edu/music or by calling (405) 208-5227.

The Brazilian-born Monteiro has performed as a soloist around the globe, from the Kremlin to the John F. Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage. He is a Steinway Artist, director of piano at the Bass School of Music and winner of more than 30 competitions, including the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition. Argerich calls him “an artist with extraordinary creativity and energy. When he starts playing, music comes to life!”

Monteiro’s Nov. 3 program begins with a virtuosic selection from the “Novelletten” op. 21, Schumann’s eight-piece classic, followed by Mendelssohn’s three-movement “Fantasy” op. 28 in F # minor, also known as the Scottish Sonata, renowned for its fiery and passionate conclusion.

The second half explores the intricate, harmonically complex “Polonaise-Fantaisie” by Chopin and two works by Liszt: the Spanish Rhapsody and “Mephisto Waltz.” Of the waltz, inspired by a wedding feast where Mephistopheles plays the violin to produce what Liszt called “indescribably seductive and intoxicating strains,” an amorous Faust whirls a village beauty in a wild dance; they waltz in mad abandon out of the room, into the open, away into the woods as “the sounds of the fiddle grow softer and softer, and the nightingale warbles his love-laden song.”

For more information on upcoming events at the Bass School of Music, visit www.okcu.edu/music or www.facebook.com/bassschoolofmusic.