The School of Music at Anderson University will be presenting Grammy-nominated concert pianist, Ursula Oppens, performing at Central Christian Church, located at 923 Jackson St., in Anderson, Ind., on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. This concert is made possible by the generous support of the Adams Foundation which 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 City of Anderson is the only city in the Midwest to host the special piano recital series underwritten by the Adams Foundation. 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.
Opens has performed with virtually all of the world’s major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, and the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Milwaukee. Abroad, she has appeared with such orchestras as the Berlin Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Deutsche Symphonie, the Scottish BBC and the London Philharmonic Orchestras.
Highlights of Oppens’s 2009-10 season includes world premieres of new works by Charles Wuorinen and Tobias Picker; an all-Elliott Carter recital in Amsterdam; and recitals in Toronto and at Harvard University as part of the Blodgett Distinguished Artist Residency. She also performs as recitalist at Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine and at the Van Cliburn Foundation recital series in Fort Worth, Texas. With fellow pianist Jerome Lowenthal, she will travel to Tel Aviv, Israel, and Beijing, China to perform duo piano recitals. Cedille Records is releasing a recording of two modern duo piano works, performed by Oppens and Lowenthal—Debussy’s “En Blanc et Noir,” and Messiaen’s “Visions de l’Amen.”
As an undergraduate at Radcliffe College, she studied English literature and economics. A native New Yorker, Oppens made her New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1969 under the auspices of Young Concert Artists. She won first prize in the Busoni International Piano Competition that same year, and was awarded the Diploma d’onore of the Accademia Chigiana in 1970. A co-founder of Speculum Musicae, in 1976 Oppens won an Avery Fisher Career Grant, which led to a performance with the New York Philharmonic.
A prolific recording artist, she was twice nominated for a Grammy, once for her classic Vanguard recording of Frederic Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” and once for “American Piano Music of Our Time,” a compilation of piano works by 20th century American composers for the Music & Arts label. CBS Sunday Morning has profiled Oppens, and she has been the subject of feature articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. Oppens lives in New York City.
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 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.