Thursday, March 27 | 8:00 p.m.
Franks Wiens, Piano
Fine Arts Recital Hall
Frank Wiens has concertized extensively throughout the United States and abroad, including highly praised recitals in New York and London. He has twice toured South Korea, and gave his recital debut on the European continent in Vienna in 1987. In 2006 Frank Wiens appeared as soloist with the “Orchestra Dinu Lipatti” in Romania, and gave recitals devoted to the music of Chopin at the Chopin Academy and at the Lazienki Palace on Water in Warsaw, Poland.
Mr. Wiens’ program will feature:
- Variations on an Original Theme, Opus 21, No. 1, by Johannes Brahms
- Fantasie in F# Minor, Opus 28 by Felix Mendelssohn
- Nocturne in Db Major, Opus 68 by Gabriel Fauré
- Mephisto Waltz No. 1 by Franz Liszt
- Ten Preludes from Opus 32 by Sergei Rachmaninov
With an extensive concerto repertoire of thirty-five works, he has been a soloist with such orchestras as the Atlanta, Denver and Detroit Symphonies. A winner of major awards in prestigious competitions – North American Young Artists Competition, Southwest Pianists Foundation Competition, Three Rivers Piano Competition – he has given annual concert tours across the U.S. since 1974.
His performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio and Public Television, and he has been a touring artist with the Iowa Arts Council and the California Arts Council. His compact disc recording “Rachmaninov,” which includes that composer’s Third Piano Concerto with the Slovakia National Orchestra, has been described by one reviewer as “dazzling, yet rich in solid detail…brilliant clarity and absolute conviction…truly suave and elegant playing.”
$7 general admission, $3 seniors, free for students, free with a UMBC ID. To order tickets in advance with a credit card, purchase online through MissionTix.
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