Beethoven and Chopin pieces featured in George Fox University concert on Feb. 21

February 6th, 2019

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The 13th annual Bösendorfer Artist Concert Series features professor Kenn performing Beethoven and Chopin pieces

NEWBERG, Ore. – The works of Beethoven and Chopin will be performed on the George Fox University stage when Bösendorfer Educational Artist Kenn Willson presents his “Encounters with Beethoven and Chopin” concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the university’s Bauman Auditorium.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and alumni, and $6 for students and children under 12. They may be purchased online at or by calling the school’s box office at 503-554-3844.

Willson will perform Beethoven’s Ecossaises Dances, German Dance #1, Sonata Op. 31 #3, Movement 2 (Scherzo), Sonata Op. 27 #2 (“Moonlight”) and Ode to Joy. His Chopin repertoire includes Prelude Op. 28 #4, Prelude Op. 28 #6, and Ballade, Op. 47.

Willson, a tenured professor of music at the university, conceived and implemented an “Encounters with …” series in the early 2000s. He was asked to teach the general music history course at George Fox, which triggered a thought.

“I thought, ‘Why not combine the ‘real’ composer’s thoughts and emotions with their music? Why must all the composer information be so dry? Let’s discuss the ‘rock and roll-a-bility’ of Beethoven,” he said. “The result is endless fun and a concert series that is slightly off the beaten path each time it is presented.”

Willson has traveled to Vienna, Austria, and to the Piano Academy in Recanati, Italy, to perform. He is also known throughout the region for his “Encounters with …” performances. He was named a Bösendorfer Educational Artist by the Viennese Piano Manufacturing Company in October 2005. Along with this honor, he was invited to visit Vienna and present a recital in Bösendorfer Hall on May 1, 2006, as part of Bösendorfer’s “Happy Birthday Mozart” celebrations.

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.

The concert is the first of three to be hosted at George Fox this month. On Saturday, Feb. 23, the university’s choir ensembles will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Then, on Thursday, Feb. 28, the school will host a Symphonic Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. Both performances will be in Bauman Auditorium and are free to attend. No tickets are required.

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.


Kenneth Willson
Professor of Music History and Keyboard Studies

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