March 14, 2008

Performing Arts: Pianists Gallagher, Votapek To Perform

Piano Key Founder Gallagher To Play At Samford March 25

Concert pianist Kimball Gallagher will perform at Samford University Tuesday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall. The public is invited free of charge to the concert, presented as part of Samford School of Performing Arts guest artist series.

The program will include Haydn's "Sonata in A-flat," Chopin's "4 Mazurkas" (C Major, A-flat Major, B-flat Major and E Minor) and Sonata Op. 35 (Funeral March); Nolan Gasser's "3 Jazz Preludes," and Charles Griffes' "Sonata for Piano," as well as a new piece  by David Del Tredici, "Ballade in Lavender."

Gallagher played the world premiere of the Del Tredici work at his New York City debut on March 10 in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.

In addition to performing at conventional concert hall venues, he has played many concerts in private homes in emulation of the salons of the romantic era. Gallagher founded the Piano Key project to create a salon concert culture by developing a nationwide organization of homes that will host concerts.

A graduate of Rice University and The Juilliard School, he resides in New York City, where he maintains a studio of private piano students.

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Kimball Gallagher’s Piano Key Project

Votapek, ‘One of America’s Great Talents,’  in Concert March 27

Famed pianist Ralph Votapek will play works by Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and Kapustin at Samford University Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall.

Gold medalist of the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and winner of the prestigious Naumburg Award, Votapek will also conduct a master class during his Samford visit.

The concert program will include W.A. Mozart's "Sonata in B-flat Major," Frederic Chopin's "Nocturne in C Minor," "Tarentelle," and "Fourth Ballade in F Minor"; Claude Debussy's "Masques," "Estampes" (Pagodas, La Soiree dans Grenade and Jardins sous la Pluie), "Nocturne in D Flat," and L'isle Joyeuse"; and Nikolai Kapustin's "Variations."

A frequent performer with major American orchestras, Votapek has appeared more than 16 times as guest soloist with the Chicago Symphony. He was the soloist on the late Arthur Fiedler's final Boston Pops recording. His latest release is Ralph Votapek Plays George Gershwin.

Votapek studied at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. He serves as Artist-in-Residence at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
"It is an honor to host Ralph Votapek, one of America's great talents," said Samford School of Performing Arts dean Dr. Joseph Hopkins. "Our students, faculty, and community look forward to the many opportunities to learn from this master musician in concert, master class, discussion and informal gatherings."

Votapek's master class at Samford will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 28, in Brock Recital Hall. The public is invited to the class free of charge.
Concert tickets are $25, $20 and $15, and are available at For information, call (205) 726-2851.

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Ralph Votapek