Date: July 23, 1999
Contact: Special Programs
Phone: (207) 872-3386
Concert pianist Paul Bisaccia, whose interpretations of music by Gershwin, Liszt, Ravel and many others have brought him national recognition, will perform in Given Auditorium at Colby College in Waterville on Monday, August 9. The 7:30 p.m. concert is open to the public free of charge.
Bisaccia's performance will be based on his new recordings "Chopin" and "Pictures at an Exhibition." The recital begins with works by Frederic Chopin and after a brief intermission will conclude with Modest Moussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Bisaccia 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 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 recordings include "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 8-14. The institute, now in its 44th 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 Huw Lewis on August 11 and a festival service on August 13. For more information call Colbyıs special programs office at 207-872-3386.