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British virtuoso to make Middlebury appearance

Paul Lewis

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— British pianist Paul Lewis will perform the last three piano sonatas written by Franz Schubert on Friday, Oct. 26. at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. The non-profit concert setting is a finale to his run of five concerts featuring all of Schubert’s mature piano works from the Wandererfantasie onwards. Lewis is internationally recognized as one of the leading pianists of his generation.

Lewis began his Schubert project in 2011, and Middlebury was thrilled to be among fewer than 15 venues worldwide to present the entire cycle. This fifth and final concert features a tremendous program: Schubert’s D. 958, 959, and 960. Lewis has already garnered significant critical acclaim for his Schubert performances.

This is not the first time Lewis has undertaken an epic series approach to his music work. Between 2005 and 2007, he performed the complete series of Beethoven piano sonatas at venues throughout Europe and North America to great critical acclaim, and his recordings of the cycle for Harmonia Mundi have received unanimous praise throughout the world. In the summer of 2010, Lewis became the first pianist in the history of the BBC Proms to play all five Beethoven piano concertos in a single season.

He has recently completed recordings of the three Schubert song cycles with tenor Mark Padmore. Many of these recent recordings will be made available for purchase at the concert venue in Middlebury.

Concert attendees will be offered an additional treat on October 26. In conjunction with the concert, a special pre-performance meal “Dinner and Conversation with Friends,” will be offered at 6:30 p.m. in the lower lobby of the Mahaney Center. Tickets for the dinner are $25.

The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Rd. in Middlebury, off Route 30 south. Concert admission is $25 for the general public; $20 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and parents; and $6 for Middlebury College students.

For tickets of information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/tickets.

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