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British pianist Paul Lewis will perform at the Mahaney Center for the Arts April 7. Photo Josep Molina

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British Pianist Paul Lewis Returns to the Mahaney Center for the Arts April 7

March 24, 2017

Middlebury Audience Favorite Will Perform Works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Weber

Middlebury, VT—British pianist Paul Lewis is recognized worldwide as one of the leading musicians of his generation, and he has also become an audience favorite right here in Middlebury. He will return to the Robison Hall stage on Friday, April 7 to perform a beautiful classical concert of works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Weber.

Fourteen years ago, the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series was the first presenting organization in the U.S. to invite Lewis to perform. Since then, he has earned accolades worldwide, returning often to Middlebury for season after season of astonishing performances, including a highly-acclaimed eight-concert cycle of all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.

Lewis’ program for this spring’s concert at Middlebury will feature Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B-flat major; Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major; three Chopin waltzes, and Weber’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in A-flat major. Lewis will perform on the Steinway concert grand piano he helped select for the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Steinway’s Astoria, NY factory in 2013.

This concert is presented as part of the Paul Nelson Chamber Music Series, named after the Performing Arts Series’ director emeritus. This is only fitting, as Nelson has called Lewis “one of the happiest discoveries” of his presenting career.

Concertgoers are invited to gather in the Mahaney Center for the Arts lobby for a delicious, seasonal pre-performance dinner at 6:30 P.M. This catered buffet meal is seated family style. Dinner tickets are $30; cash bar.

About Pianist Paul Lewis

Lewis’ cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards, the Diapason D’or de l’Annee, the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. He holds honorary degrees from Liverpool, Edge Hill, and Southampton Universities, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

He appears regularly as soloist with the world’s great orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, NHK Symphony, New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw, Cleveland, Tonhalle Zurich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philharmonia, and Mahler Chamber Orchestras.

Lewis’s multi-award winning discography for the Harmonia Mundi label includes the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, concertos, and the Diabelli Variations; Liszt’s B minor Sonata and other late works; all of Schubert’s major late piano works; three song cycles recorded with tenor Mark Padmore; solo works by Schumann and Mussorgsky; and the Brahms D minor piano concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding.

The concert by Paul Lewis will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 8:00 P.M. in the Olin C. Robison Concert Hall of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. The pre-performance dinner will begin at 6:30 P.M. The Mahaney Center is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Assigned seating tickets are $25 for the general public; $20 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. Dinner tickets are $30. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://www.middlebury.edu/arts.

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Photo captions:

(top right and bottom right) British pianist Paul Lewis performs at the Mahaney Center for the Arts April 7. Photo Josep Molina

(top left) British pianist Paul Lewis performs at the Mahaney Center for the Arts April 7. Photo Aaron Kimball

(2nd from top left) British pianist Paul Lewis performs at the Mahaney Center for the Arts April 7. Photo Jack Liebeck

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