School of Music and Adams Foundation bring recital to Anderson

Fri, 2007-01-26 09:42 -- univcomm
January 26, 2007

The School of Music at Anderson University is partnering with the Adams Foundation to present internationally-acclaimed concert pianist, James Tocco, in a solo piano recital at Central Christian Church at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 11. The City of Anderson was recently chosen as the first city in the Midwest to host the special piano recital series underwritten by the Adams Foundation. The Adams Foundation Recital Series is dedicated to the revival of solo piano concerts in cities and smaller towns across the United States, through funding by businessman and philanthropist, Stephen Adams.

The Adams family has established this special forum in which the public can experience the extraordinary solo piano repertoire of fine American pianists. Tickets for the recital will be sold at Moneyhun’s Fine Gifts and Furnishings, Central Christian Church, and the box office annex in the Krannert Fine Arts building, room 137, at Anderson University. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the church the day of the concert. Persons wishing to purchase tickets in advance by phone may call 641-4543.

The goal and mission of the Adams Foundation is to create new audiences for classical music, and, in particular, to revive the popular piano series which were so prominent in many major cities over the last decade.

Italian-American virtuoso James Tocco enjoys international renown as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Beyond his vast repertoire of tandard piano literature, he is widely regarded one of the foremost interpreters of American masterworks. An accomplished recitalist, Tocco has been widely praised for his interpretations of Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt, as well as 20th-century composers. He is among very few pianists to regularly program the keyboard works of Handel.

Born of Italian parents in Detroit, Tocco’s love of music--especially opera--began in childhood. At six he began studying piano and made his orchestral debut at age twelve, performing Beethoven’s Second Concerto. Among the awards that followed were a scholarship to the Salzburg Mozarteum and a French government grant to study with Magda Tagliaferro in Paris. His musical education was completed with Claudio Arrau in New York. International prominence came with his First Prize victory in the International ARD Competition in Munich, followed by a major triumph as a last-minute replacement for Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli as guest soloist for the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto at the Vienna Festival.

In the years since then he has performed around the world: throughout North and South America, Europe, the Soviet Union, Japan, Australia, South Africa and the Middle East. Festival invitations include Salzburg, Vienna, Lockenhaus, Holland, Schleswig-Holstein, Dubrovnik, Wolf Trap, the Hollywood Bowl, Blossom, Ravinia, New York’s “Mostly Mozart,” Spoleto (USA) and Santa Fe.

In addition to his rigorous international performing itinerary, Tocco is Eminent Scholar/Artist-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and Professor of Piano at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck, Germany. He is also the Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, please call 641-4543.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.