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7/25/2013 10:26:00 AM
Concertos take center stage at U of I piano institute

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — This year’s Summer Piano Institute at the University of Illinois will focus on the art of performing concertos – those virtuosic, multimovement works that typically feature a soloist accompanied by an orchestra.

Twenty current and former Illinois piano students have registered for the Summer Piano Institute, and each will receive a private lesson from  Ian Hobson, an Illinois professor emeritus internationally known for his concerts, recordings, conducting and adjudicating,  and piano professor Timothy Ehlen, who won the 1987 World Piano Competition and has performed recitals around the world. The students will receive further coaching from Hobson and Ehlen during master classes, 2:30 to 5 p.m. each day July 31 (Wednesday) through Aug. 3 (Saturday). The classes are open to the public, free of charge, offering a peek into the preparation process for a concert performance.

In addition to the master classes, the public is invited to attend three evening performances, also free of charge. On Aug. 1 (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m., Hobson will perform a recital of music by Brahms, Chopin and Schumann. On Aug. 2 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m., Ehlen will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, and Hobson will perform Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1. The students will perform on Aug. 3 (Saturday), beginning at 6:30 p.m.

All events will take place in Smith Memorial Recital Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana.

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