The Fairmont State University Community Orchestra will be having a concert at 3:00 p.m. November 3 in Colebank Hall. , Directed by Jack Ashton with piano soloist Paul-Andrè Bempèchat, the program will include Hebridges (Fingal’s Cave) Overture, Op. 26 by Felix Mendelssohn, Petite Suite by Claude Debussy (Orchestrated by Henri Busser), Symphony No. 90 by Joseph Haydn and Piano Concerto No. 25, KV 503 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, the Sorbonne, and Boston University, Paul-Andrè Bempèchat’s career has been both pianistic and academic. His recital tours of the three final Sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert have signaled him as one of the leading interpreters of the first Viennese school, and he is currently preparing the entire cycle of Mozart concerti for performances and recordings in the years to come. He has performed at venues such as the Berlin, Stockholm, Rotterdam, Bucharest and Belgrade Philharmonics, as well as the Holland, Vienna and Caramoor Festivals. Dr. Bempèchat also specializes in French impressionism and is the author of the first biography of the eclectic Breton impressionist Jean Cras (Ashgate, 2009); in 2015 he will release the complete piano works of Cras for Danacord Records, Copenhagen. From his base at Harvard’s Center for European Studies he conducts his research and publishing; he is currently writing his next book, The Music of Nationalism, and preparing a series of 18 online lectures as course on Jewish composers of the nineteenth century for the Elie Wiesel Institute in Paris.
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (304) 367-4219.