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Cecile Licad to headline Tarleton's 10th annual Piano Festival
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 3, 2014
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—World-renowned pianist Cecile Licad will return to Tarleton for the 10th annual Piano Festival, Feb. 21-22, with a special solo performance set for the festival’s opening night.
Licad’s 7:30 p.m. public recital in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center theatre marks a decade of the Tarleton Piano Festival. A reception and the opportunity to meet the artist will be held in the theater lobby immediately after the performance.
“We are delighted to be presenting internationally renowned pianist Cecile Licad as the guest artist for the 10th anniversary Tarleton Piano Festival,” said Dr. Leslie Spotz, associate professor of piano. “Awarded the Levintritt Gold Medal, which launched her career, she has performed all over the world. Her previous visit to Tarleton in 2012 was a resounding success. Known for her monumental programming, this evening promises to be a wonderful event.”
Licad has been described as “a pianist’s pianist” by The New Yorker. Her talent was honed at the Curtis Institute of Music by great performers such as Rudolf Serkin, Seymour Lipkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski.
Licad’s large repertoire as an orchestral soloist spans the classical works of Mozart and Beethoven, the Romantic literature of Brahms, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Rachmaninoff, and on to the 20th century compositions of Debussy, Ravel, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Bartok. She has appeared with major symphonies in the United States, Europe and Asia, and has performed under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson-Thomas and Pinchas Zukerman, among others.
Recent highlights include performances with Seattle Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Tucson Symphony and at the La Jolla Chamber Music and Eastern Music Festivals. In 2010-11, she joined the Wynton Marsalis Septet performing the music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk for the feature film Louis, a silent film homage to Louis Armstrong.
Licad began playing piano at age 3, and debuted as a soloist at age 7 with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. She achieved international recognition as one of the youngest musicians to be awarded the prestigious Leventritt Gold Medal for pianists and violinists in 1981.
This year’s Piano Festival will also include lessons on Saturday by the guest artist who will work with visiting high school students and piano majors at Tarleton. Spotz will also hold clinics for the students during the festival.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for Tarleton students who present a valid ID, and may be purchased one hour prior to the performance at the Fine Arts Center box office. For more information, call (254) 968-9291.
Tarleton State University
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Contact: Lori LaRue