SFA and Baylor music faculty recital features quintets written for one-armed pianist
October 25, 2011 - Sylvia BierschenkNACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Members of the Stephen F. Austin State University and Baylor University music faculties will present music by Franz Schmidt at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
Violinist Jennifer Dalmas, cellist Evgeni Raychev and clarinetist Christopher Ayer, all of SFA, will collaborate with Baylor violist Kathy Steely and pianist Kae Hosoda-Ayer in presenting Schmidt's two quintets for which the pianist uses only the left hand.
The composer wrote the pieces at the request of Paul Wittgenstein, a fellow Austrian who lost his right arm in World War I but continued to pursue his career as a concert pianist and eventually settled in the United States.
"The quintets are quite complex and challenging, especially for the pianist!" said Ayer. "We're really enjoying working on them."
The recital is part of the SFA School of Music's 2011-2012 Cole Performing Arts Series.
Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please call (936) 468-6407.