Date: August 1998
Contact: Kristin Jorgensen
Concert pianist Paul Bisaccia, whose interpretations of music by Gershwin, Liszt, Ravel and many others have brought him national fame, will perform in Given Auditorium at Colby College in Waterville on Monday, August 10. The 7:30 p.m. concert is open to the public free of charge.
Bisaccia will play works of Chopin, Ravel and Debussy in addition to Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." He is best known in the United States for a PBS special, "Gershwin by Bisaccia," which was broadcast on more than 100 television stations across the country. He also has appeared on National Public Radio and, in New England, on Robert J. Lurtsema's "Morning Pro Musica."
He is the first pianist to release a recording of the complete Gershwin piano works, and his New England performances routinely are sold out. He has played in solo concerts around the world. His compact disk recordings are "Ragtime Lullabies," "Rhapsody in Blue: Gershwin's Complete Solo Piano Music," "Mussorgsky-Brahms-Liszt" by Bisaccia and "Blue Danube," all on the Vista label.
Bisaccia is a member of the faculty of the Richner-Strong Church Music Institute, to be held at Colby from August 9-15. The institute, now in its 43rd year, is designed to help church musicians improve the musical standards and programs of their institutions. Participants study piano, organ, handbells and voice music, take part in group lessons and discussions and perform in a festival service.
In addition to the Bisaccia concert, the Richner-Strong Institute will feature performances by organist John Rose with soprano Liesl Odenweller on August 9 and organist Huw Lewis on August 12. For more information call Colby's Special Programs office at 207-872-3386.