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April 5, 2005

UMBC Presents Pianist Marc Ponthus in Concert

Contact: Tom Moore

Marc PonthusThe UMBC Department of Music's Contemporary Concert Series presents pianist Marc Ponthus in a performance of the Second and Third Piano Sonatas by Pierre Boulez on Thursday, April 21st at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The only pianist to have performed the complete solo piano work of Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen, Ponthus's solo performances with the BBC in London have been broadcast on numerous occasions. His recording of the complete solo piano works of Xenakis was recently released on Neuma records.

Born in Lyon, France, Mr. Ponthus studied with Claudio Arrau and has lectured and given master classes at New England Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, the Juilliard School and Columbia University. He is the director of the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at the Mannes College of Music.

The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Ponthus's virtuosity is hair-raising, like beams of electricity shooting from a Frankenstein machine…a kind of priest channeling spirits in an arcane rite, hurling himself at the keyboard…until the whole instrument shook." The Washington Post's Joseph McLellan said, "Ponthus has a technique and a musical sensitivity that simply brush technical obstacles aside."

Admission is free.

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Posted by tmoore at April 5, 2005 2:41 PM