Arts & Culture

Italian Pianist to Explore Love, Loneliness, Loss in UK Concert


Marco Tezza plays Franz Schubert's Moments Musicaux, D 780.  

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2014) — Internationally renowned Italian pianist Marco Tezza will take the stage at the University of Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Memorial Hall. The concert, presented by the UK School of Music, is free and open to the public.

A celebrated pianist and conductor, Tezza is a prolific artist who presents a vast repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music. He is well-known to the public and critics as an artist who finds unique ways of interpreting scores, looking for new expressive logic and sonorities. Tezza has performed in prestigious concert halls and conducted master classes throughout the world in Milan, Zurich, Paris, Hamburg, South Africa, Beirut, Brazil and the U.S.

Tezza has studied and refined his skills with artists Milde Molinari, Carlo Mazzoli, Giovanni Guglielmo and Giuliana Padrin, as well as Jorg Demus, Gyorgy Sandor, Bruno Canino and Aquiles Delle Vign. He is the artistic director of the Stravinsky Chamber Orchestra, which he founded in 1994, and conducts concert seasons and festivals in Europe and South America. Tezza is also a member of the Accademia Veneta of Arts and Science and a professor of piano at Vicenza Conservatory in Italy.

The concert will include works by Hungarian and German composers that explore themes of love, loneliness and loss.

In describing the music, Robert Schumann wrote to Clara Wieck in an 1838 letter, “I meant, now, at the end, all to resolve in a merry wedding, but in the final bars the painful longing for you returned too and now it sounds like the intermingling of a wedding and dying."

Selected works on the bill include:

· Franz Liszt’s “La lugubre gondola II S. 200”;

· Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”; and

· Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke op.12.

During his visit, Tezza will also conduct a master class for UK students at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Center Theatre in the UK Student Center. This event is also free and open to the public.

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has achieved awards and national and international recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as for music education, composition, theory and music history.

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