ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop University’s Department of Music will host world-renowned pianist Walter Hautzig from June 27 through July 2 for a master class and concert.
Hautzig will be featured in a solo concert at 8 p.m. on June 27 in Frances May Barnes Recital Hall. The master pianist will perform a variety of pieces highlighting composers Mozart, Beethoven, de Falla and Chopin. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.
This marks the 16th year for Winthrop to welcome Hautzig to the campus. In the many years that Hautzig has held his master classes – not only at Winthrop but also at Hartt School of Music in Connecticut and Smith College in Massachusetts – well over 1,000 pianists have attended. Winthrop’s summer classes typically draw 50 participants.
Besides being an expert teacher, Hautzig, a native of Vienna, Austria, is an active performer, having played concerts in more than 50 countries worldwide and having recorded extensively.
In conjunction with Hautzig’s visit, Winthrop music professor Eugene Barban will hold a recital along with pianist Matthew Manwarren on June 28. Manwarren is well-known in the Southeast as a soloist, lecturer and clinician and has coached with Hautzig since 1998. Previously a professor of piano at Erskine College, in Due West, S.C., Manwarren has accepted a position at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., beginning this fall. His free recital with Barban will include pieces by Beethoven, Purcell, Debussy and Chopin.
Then on June 29, Elliott Braganza, a student at University of Western Ontario who studied with Barban last summer at the Adamant Music School in Vermont, will hold another free recital on campus. Braganza has played the piano since the age of three and through his young years has performed solo recitals and with several symphonies in Ontario. His Winthrop concert program will include pieces by Ginastera, Chopin, Beethoven and Liszt.
Each concert will be held in Frances May Barnes Recital Hall at 8 p.m.
Students in grades seven through 12, and in college, as well as teachers and performers, are invited to participate in the master classes. The cost per day is $75 for auditors (or $300 for the week) and $400 for full participants. Full participants will receive a one-hour lesson with Hautzig.
To register for a master class or for more information about these events, contact Barban at 803/323-4639.