Festival to showcase renowned pianists
ALFRED — The MostArts Festival, a week-long celebration of classical music performed by internationally renowned musicians, begins Sunday, July 7 on the Alfred University campus, where it began six years ago.
Festival soloists this year are pianists Joaquin Achucarro and Andre-Michel Schub, representing two generations of classical piano performers whosucceeded virtuoso Arthur Rubenstein. While Rubenstein was born in the late nineteenth century, Achucarro, whose piano work has been compared with Rubenstein’s, was born in Spain in 1939, and Schub was born in 1952, in France.
Achucarro will perform July 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm in Alfred University’s Miller Theater, playing works by Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin in recital on July 12, and performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16 for the MostArts Gala Concert on July 13.
Schub will perform July 9, also at 7:30 pm in Miller Theater, playing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15 on Tuesday, July 9.
Both pianists will play under the direction of MostArts Festival Orchestra Conductor Yuval Zaliouk
“I’m deeply honored to have these two phenomenal artists,” says Lisa Lantz, founder and artistic director of the MostArts Festival and chair of Alfred University’s Division of Performing Arts. “I’ve said listening to Joaquin Achucarro would likely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for MostArts audience members. We’re fortunate now to be hosting two performances that our audiences should never forget.”
In addition to Achucarro and Schub, the MostArts Festival will welcome violinist Blanca Cecilia Gonzales, a native of Bogota, Columbia who now lives and works in New York City. Gonzalez will perform as First Violin and Soloist with the MostArts Festival Orchestra on July 8.
In addition, Hornell native and classical pianist Lucy Mauro, Associate Professor of Piano at West Virginia University’s School of Music, and a MostArts fixture, will perform July 9 and 11 in Alfred University’s Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall, for the MostArts Sound Bites Sampler, a series of chamber music concerts held through the week in Holmes, beginning at noon each day.
Since its inception in 2014, the MostArts Festival has also featured teenage classical pianists from across the United States who compete in the Festival’s Young Pianists Competition, which this year will award $20,000 in prize money. Fourteen-year-old Chris Zandieh, the Grand Prize winner of the 2018 MostArts Festival, returns to Alfred this year to perform in the opening night concert in Miller Theater. Zandieh will also perform chamber music with his two brothers, Cameron and Charles, when the Zandieh Trio performs July 8 in Holmes Auditorium.
This year, MostArts will also partner with Hornell Area Transit, which will offer transportation to and from Alfred from its bus station on the Broadway Mall on July 10, 11, 12 and 13. Buses will leave Hornell at 6:15 p.m. and depart from Alfred at 10:15 p.m. following evening concerts and receptions.
The July 10 bus run will arrive in Alfred in time for patrons to enjoy Music under the Stars, a celebration of barbecue, popular music, dancing and a gallery hop anchored at the Alfred Ceramic Arts Museum, where the new sculpture Wave by Swedish sculptor Eva Hild will be unveiled. Other local art galleries participating in the gallery hop include The Robert C. Turner Gallery on the university campus and the Cohen Gallery on Main Street.
For more information on the bus service, including ticket purchases, call 607-590-5140.
MostArts also will continue its tradition of daily arts and crafts workshops through the week both on- and off-campus. The festival offers overnight bed-and-breakfast-style accommodations in The Brick dormitory for visitors looking to make MostArts a two or more-day experience of arts and music.
For more information on workshops, accommodations, performances and tickets, visit the MostArts website at www.alfred.edu/mostarts.