Anderson, Indiana

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu performing April 3 through Adams Foundation

Fri, 2011-03-11 01:00 -- univcomm
March 11, 2011

The Anderson University School of Music is proud to bring acclaimed American pianist Jon Nakamatsu in recital on Sunday, April 3 at 4 p.m. at the Central Christian Church, 923 Jackson Street, Anderson, Ind. 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 complete program follows:

  • Rameau: Gavotte and Variations
  • Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in C Major, Opus 1
  • Liszt: Three Sonetti del Petrarca (Années de pélerinage IIe Année, Italie)
  • Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Opus 22

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students with valid ID, and free for children under 12 if accompanied by adults; tickets are available by calling (800) 619-3047 or (765) 641-4543.

Nakamatsu is known throughout the U.S. and abroad as a pianist who, in the words of The New York Times, “has stunning technical control and can do anything at the piano he wants.” Nakamatsu will return to New York City in April 2011 for a recital at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of New York’s most important recital venues. Elsewhere he was heard as guest soloist with the Greenwich (CT) Symphony Orchestra, Peninsula Symphony Orchestra (San Mateo, CA) Bozeman (MT) Symphony, Rochester (NY) Philharmonic, and Santa Rosa (CA) Symphony. He has also participated in the Beijing International Piano Festival in Beijing, China. As orchestral guest soloist he has been performing Gershwin’s Concerto in F, Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1, Schumann’s Concerto in A Minor, and Brahms' Concerto No. 1 in D Minor.

Nakamatsu studied privately with the late Marina Derryberry from the age of six, and has worked with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, son of the great pianist Artur Schnabel. He has also studied composition and orchestration with Dr. Leonard Stein of the Schoenberg Institute at the University of Southern California, and pursued extensive studies in chamber music and musicology. Nakamatsu is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in German Studies and a master’s degree in Education.

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Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh 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.