“The Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series brings to campus the most renowned pianists in the world. This year, we’ll have the opportunity to again experience the magic, warmth and beauty that only piano virtuosos can conjure — from a 2016 Grammy Award nominee to winners of international piano competitions,” said Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State. “The series begins with one of Mexico’s most renowned pianists, Mauricio Náder, whose performance marks the beginning of a spectacular and exhilarating season.”
Náder will perform works by Carrasco, Chávez, Castro, Morales, R. Halffter, Águila, Camacho, Nazareth, Gershwin and Muczynski.
The Houston Chronicle said of Náder: “Today, no other Mexican pianist matches Mauricio Náder’s busy concert schedule, precise technique and intense passion.”
Náder has produced more than 30 compact discs spanning repertoire from the Baroque to the 21st century. He has performed in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. His efforts in promoting Mexican Music have resulted in appearances at major venues in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Beijing, Oslo, Paris, Lisbon, Río de Janeiro and Guayaquil.
“The Keyboard Concert Series exists to enhance the quality of life in our community,” said artistic director Andreas Werz, “by bringing highly acclaimed international artists here to perform.”
Also on the 2017-18 Keyboard Concerts calendar:
- 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 — Peter Serkin
- 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 — Daniel Hsu
- 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7 — organist Kimberly Marshall, co-sponsored with the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
- 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 — Yefim Bronfman
- 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11 — Barry Douglas
- 8 p.m. Friday, April 27 — Jeremy Denk
- 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20 — Juho Pohjonen
Keyboard Concerts also co-sponsors several special events during the year, in conjunction with the International Chamber Music Series:
- 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 — Jolente de Maeyer on violin and Nikolaas Kende on piano
- 8 p.m. Friday, March 2 — Chilingirian String Quartet
- 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8 — Alexander String Quartet
Tickets for concerts in the Keyboard Concert Series are $25 general, $18 for seniors and $5 for students. Season tickets are available for the eight main concerts: $160 general, $120 for seniors and $30 for students.
Season tickets for the International Chamber Music Series are $60 general, $45 for seniors and $10 for students.
Parking is available in Lot C (corner of Shaw and Maple avenues). For ticket reservations, please call 559.278.2337.
For more information, please visit keyboardconcerts.com.