The Community Music School of the Piedmont (CMSP) announced today that acclaimed pianist Brian Ganz will perform at the school’s 11th annual Candlelight Concert Fundraiser on Sunday, February 18 at Barton Oaks in The Plains, Virginia.

The concert’s theme is Chopin the Traveler, Chopin the Teacher, featuring the works of the great 19th-century composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin.  Born in Poland, Chopin traveled in Germany and Austria as a young man, before settling in Paris.  Later travels included Spain, England, and Scotland.  Chopin spent a great deal of his time on teaching, which was his primary means of support.

A gifted teacher and virtuoso pianist himself, Brian Ganz is one of the foremost interpreters of Chopin.   In January 2011, he began a multi-year project in partnership with the National Philharmonic in which he will perform the complete works of Chopin at the Music Center at Strathmore outside Washington D.C.   The Washington Post has noted his mastery and sheer pleasure in the music:  “There isn’t much about Chopin that Brian Ganz doesn’t know…his delight and wonder in this music seems to grow, apparently without bounds… One comes away from a recital by pianist Brian Ganz not only exhilarated by the power of the performance but also moved by his search for artistic truth.”   

Mr. Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading performers of his generation and has appeared as soloist with major orchestras in the USA and overseas, including the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the National Philharmonic, the National Symphony, and the City of London Sinfonia.  He is on the piano faculty of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he is artist-in-residence and is also a member of the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. He is the artist-editor of the Schirmer Performance Edition of Chopin’s Preludes (2005).

Doors for the Candlelight Concert will open at 5 pm and the concert itself will begin at 5:30 in the stunning ballroom at Barton Oaks, located at 2750 Landmark School Road.  Concert tickets, available online at www.piedmontmusic.org or by phone at 540-592-3040, are $125 each. Seating is limited. A reception with the artist will follow the concert.

CMSP Executive Director, Mrs. Martha Cotter, noted, “We are thrilled to have Mr. Ganz join us for the most special evening of our year.  This concert and the support of our patrons bring world-class music to the local community, and raises critically needed scholarship and outreach funds to preserve and expand music education in the Northern Piedmont area”.

CMSP is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, offering a wide variety of individual and group lessons, ensembles, and community outreach programs. Its mission is to provide high-quality music instruction and performance opportunities for all members of the Piedmont community.

Contact: Martha Cotter, Executive Director

The Community Music School of the Piedmont 540-592-3040 – piedmontmusic@aol.com – http://www.piedmontmusic.org