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Distinguished Pianist Seymour Lipkin Performs Faculty Recital November 9

Program includes sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, George Walker, and Schubert

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(October 28, 2013) Curtis faculty member and distinguished pianist Seymour Lipkin ('47) performs Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m. at the Curtis Institute of Music. Described as reaching "... lofty heights of inspiration and execution" (American Record Guide), he brings to life music by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, and George Walker. The performance takes place in Field Concert Hall at Curtis, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia. Admission is free and no tickets are required.

Mr. Lipkin begins the evening with Mozart's Sonata in D major, K. 576 followed by Beethoven's intimate Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101. The concert also includes the Sonata No. 5 by George Walker, Curtis alumnus in composition and piano ('45). Mr. Lipkin rounds out the evening with Schubert's affecting Sonata in B-flat major, D.960.

Seymour Lipkin
received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1947, studying piano with Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and David Saperton. In 1948 he won the Rachmaninoff Competition and has since played with all of the major United States orchestras. He has earned particular acclaim for his Beethoven cycles, which have encompassed not only the 32 piano sonatas and five concertos, but the ten violin sonatas and five cello sonatas as well. His recording of the piano sonatas was released on the Newport Classic's label in 2004. He recently performed a cycle of the major works of Schubert, including the complete piano sonatas; his recordings of these works were recently released on Newport Classic.

Mr. Lipkin studied conducting at the Tanglewood Music Center with Serge Koussevitzky and was apprentice conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. He continued his conducting career at the New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic (assistant conductor, under Leonard Bernstein), Joffrey Ballet (music director), and Long Island Symphony (music director).

He is artistic director of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine, and served as artistic director of the International Piano Festival and William Kapell Competition at the University of Maryland. A member of the Juilliard faculty since 1986, Mr. Lipkin joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1969.

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Faculty Recital: Seymour Lipkin, piano ('47)
Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

MOZART Sonata in D major, K. 576
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101
WALKER Sonata No. 5
SCHUBERT Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960

Free; no tickets required.



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