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World renowned pianist Emanuel Ax performs at Loyola

October 8, 2010

Emanuel Ax, world famous award-winning pianist, will perform a solo concert in Roussel Hall at Loyola University New Orleans to support the rebuilding and revitalization of the arts in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

“Emanuel Ax is one of the great artists of his generation, a pianist with flawless technique and astonishing musical insight. Few, if any, contemporary pianists can rival his record of achievement,” said Donald Boomgaarden, Ph.D., dean of Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts.

Ax will perform various piano works by Franz Schubert and Frédéric Chopin, including Schubert’s Impromptus, Op. 142; and Sonata in A, Op. posth. 120; along with Chopin’s Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 61; Three Mazurkas; Nocturnes, Op. 27; and Scherzo No.2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31.

Tickets are $50 for general admission and $35 for students. A special ticket package, which includes preferred seating and a private post-concert dessert reception with Ax, is available for $100. The concert is proudly co-sponsored by Hall Piano Co. Tickets can be purchased online at www.montage.loyno.edu or by calling the Loyola box office at 504-865-2074.

“We are especially thrilled to have Maestro Ax with us because his art reflects the same sense of beauty and expression for which our own College of Music and Fine Arts is constantly striving,” said Boomgaarden.

Born in Lvov, Poland, Ax moved to Canada at an early age. His studies at the Juilliard School were supported by the Epstein Scholarship Program of the Boys Clubs of America, and he subsequently won the Young Concert Artists Award. Ax captured public attention in 1974 when he won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975, he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, followed four years later by the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.

Ax has been an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987. Recent releases include the Mendelssohn Trios with Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, Strauss’ “Enoch Arden” narrated by Patrick Stewart, and discs of two-piano music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff with Yefim Bronfman. Ax has received Grammy Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas. He has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Ax, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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