January 23rd, 2017
Guest will perform pieces by Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven and Gershwin at 11th annual Bösendorfer Artist Concert Series event Feb. 16NEWBERG, Ore. – The music of Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven and Gershwin will fill George Fox University’s Bauman Auditorium when Soheil Nasseri, an internationally renowned pianist, performs for the university’s 11th annual Bösendorfer Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.
The New York Times describes Nasseri’s playing as “consistently interesting … consistently thoughtful … filled with character,” while The New Yorker has noted that he is “one of New York’s most prolific recitalists.” Since 2001, he has performed 21 different solo recital programs in New York, entertaining in such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Lincoln Center and the Merkin Concert Hall.
Nasseri has also performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, including Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, London’s Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, Tokyo’s Musashino Center, Théâtre Fémina in Bordeaux, Florence’s Teatro Comunale, St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia, and Palermo, Italy’s Teatro Politeama.
Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and alumni, and $6 for students and children under 12. All tickets are reserved seating and are available at georgefox.edu/concerts or at the University Box Office by calling 503-554-3844.
Nasseri will perform four pieces: Schubert’s Sonata in A Minor, D 784, Schumann’s, Carnaval, Op. 9, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
As a concerto soloist, Nasseri has appeared with 16 different conductors. In 2010, he joined the American Ballet Theatre for nine performances at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, playing an integral role onstage as a pianist, both acting and performing.
One of Nasseri’s interests has been his school concerts: He has performed at more than 60 public schools. He is also committed to new music, and nine composers have written pieces specifically for him. As a recording artist, he has seven solo discs and a DVD of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2.
The Bösendorfer Concert Series, sponsored by George Fox’s music department, has brought in world-renowned classical pianists since its inception in 2007. Past performers have included Baruch Meir, Gianluca Luisi of Italy and Valentina Lisitsa of Ukraine.
George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.
Professor of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies