Hearsay: Wednesday, June 5, 2003
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Why sit outdoors to listen to classical music when you can enjoy it in the air-conditioned comfort of a recital hall? TCU is home to another harvest of piano music this summer with the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute, a month-long series of recitals and concerts by young pianists, amateurs, and veterans alike.

The lineup of established pianists will be familiar, as it includes such former Van Cliburn Competition winners as André-Michel Schub and José Feghali. Simone Pedroni plays a program heavy with Liszt transcriptions — the Hungarian composer could recast any piece of music for the piano and did rather frequently. The recital will contain Liszt’s keyboard versions of six Schubert songs and a paraphrase of themes from Verdi’s Rigoletto.

Jerome Lowenthal, meanwhile, has a theme going in his recital. Besides Schumann’s Carnaval, he also includes selections from Poulenc’s festival-oriented pieces Aubade and Le Bal Masqué, as well as George Rochberg’s Carnival Music. Lowenthal premiered the latter piece back in 1972, when Rochberg renounced atonality and became one of the most controversial figures in the music world. Markus Groh will play Ginastera’s Sonata No. 1, and Boris Berman will devote an entire recital to the music of Scott Joplin.

As always, a main attraction at the festival will be the concerto performances by the pianists in the Young Artists Program, accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The order in which they play has yet to be announced at this writing, but their performances and the others should give pianophiles a satisfying start to the summer.

TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute runs Jun 7-29 at TCU, Ed Landreth Auditorium, 2800 S University Dr, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-257-7456.

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