Performing Arts Center season to open with Keyboard Music of ‘The Three Bs’
For most music lovers the greatest of all classical composers are Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, often called "The Three Bs." The UGA Performing Arts Center will open the 2017-2018 season with a concert showcasing these musical giants Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall.
The Keyboard Music of "The Three Bs" concert will feature three world-renowned artists, including Van Cliburn gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu, performing selections on the types of instruments the composers would have used during their own lifetimes. Bach's music will be performed on the harpsichord, Beethoven on the fortepiano and Brahms on the Steinway grand.
The program will open with Kenneth Weiss performing Bach's Ouverture nach Franzosischer Art (Clavier Ubung II). Weiss is an American harpsichordist with an active career as performer, conductor and teacher. He is professor of harpsichord at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland, and professor of chamber music at the Conservatoire de Paris.
Fortepianist Eric Zivian will perform two sonatas by Beethoven. Zivian is a member of the Zivian-Tomkins Duo and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio with engagements at Chamber Music San Francisco, the Da Camera series in Los Angeles, the Boston Early Music Festival and the Seattle Early Music Guild.
Nakamatsu will perform Brahms' Sonata No. 3 in F Minor. Nakamatsu, a high school German teacher with no formal conservatory training, gave an electrifying performance of Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto that won him the gold medal at the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Tickets for the concert are $39 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at pac.uga.edu or by calling 706-542-4400.