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Pianist Brian Ganz Brings Chopin Festival To Music, Gettysburg! Concert

(4/17) Internationally known virtuoso pianist Brian Ganz brings to life the music of Frťdťric Chopin in the next Music, Gettysburg concert, Sunday April 21, at 7:30pm.

The concert, Ganzí second appearance for Music, Gettysburg!, takes place in the chapel of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 147 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg. This marks "the return of the Baltimore superstar pianist" said Mark Oldenburg, chair of Music, Gettysburg!

The concert follows one of the virtuosoís true passions, Chopinís Five Mazurkas, Op. 7, 3 cossaises, Op. 72, No. 3, and the 24 preludes, among other favorites.

As a prize winning pianist and teacher, Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. Washington Post critic Joan Reinthaler has written: "One comes away from a recital by pianist Brian Ganz not only exhilarated by the power of the performance but also moved by his search for artistic truth."

Mr. Ganz is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Leon Fleisher. Earlier teachers include Ylda Novik and the late Claire Deene. Gifted as a teacher himself, Mr. Ganz is Artist-in-Residence at St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he has been a member of the piano faculty since 1986, and in 2000 he joined the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. In December 2001 he was honored to serve on the jury of the Long Thibaud competition in Paris.

In 1992 Mr. Ganz made his recording debut for the Gailly label in Belgium, and his recordings of works of Chopin and Dutilleux have been released on the Accord label in Paris. In 2001 he began a project with Maestoso Records in which he will record the complete works of Frederic Chopin. Mr. Ganz was also recently engaged as artist/editor of various works of Chopin for the new Schirmer Performance Editions (published jointly by Hal Leonard and G. Schirmer). His first edition, the Chopin Preludes, was published in the summer of 2005, and the waltzed are scheduled for release in 2007.

Mr. Ganz has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic (of Russia), the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony, the National Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the City of London Sinfonia, L'Orchestre Lamoureux, and L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. He has performed to great acclaim in the most outstanding performing arts centers in Brussels, Rotterdam, Tokyo, Verona, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Spend a thrilling, memorable Sunday afternoon with Music, Gettysburg! on April 21st. The concert is free and open to the public. The Seminary Chapel is located at 147 Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg. For more information about this and other concerts remaining in the Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-338-3000 ext 2197 or visit the web site at .

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