Monster Piano Concert takes center stage at George Fox University on Feb. 15

January 31st, 2018

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Sixteen pianists will play eight grand pianos at 12th annual Bösendorfer Artist Concert Series event

NEWBERG, Ore. – The music of Star Wars, Bach and Scott Joplin will fill George Fox University’s Bauman Auditorium when a Monster Piano Concert takes the stage for the university’s 12th annual Bösendorfer Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15.

The evening will feature 16 performers playing eight pianos, on many occasions simultaneously. Among those performing will be local organist Dan Miller, the piano duet team of Eduard Gavril and Sorin Frisan, the university’s Keyboard Ensemble, George Fox alumni, and members of George Fox music professor Kenn Willson’s recruiting studio.

The program will feature pieces by John Williams, from the Star Wars films; Joplin’s ragtime classic The Entertainer; a Bach Concerto; the music of Dave Brubeck; Beethoven’s Für Elise, with a jazz arrangement for four pianos; and Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, featuring four pianos.

In addition to the concert, the evening will feature an acknowledgement of the university’s commitment to purchasing outstanding performance instruments for Bauman Auditorium. George Fox recently added a second Bösendorfer piano to accompany the school’s Imperial grand and Rodgers organ. The two pianos will be dedicated in a short ceremony with liturgy and hymn singing by the audience.

The evening will also feature a plaque presentation from Bösendorfer, recognizing George Fox’s commitment to the Viennese tradition and to collegiate-level education.

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 music.georgefox.edu/concerts or at the University Box Office by calling 503-554-3844.

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. Last year’s event featured internationally renowned pianist Soheil Nasseri, who played the music of Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven and Gershwin.

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 “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. 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.

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Contact:
Kenneth Willson
Professor of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
503-554-2624

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