November 12, 1997

Pianist Emanuel Ax to Appear at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts

Praise for Pianist Emanuel Ax

"…exhilarating…everything in his recital bespoke intelligence and enthusiasm." -- "The New York Times"

"…immense gifts…infused with poetry, intelligence and warmth." -- "The Washington Post"

Pianist Emanuel Ax will perform in the Concert Hall at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on Sunday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. Ax's program will include sonatas by Beethoven and several of Chopin's waltzes.

Ax's career has encompassed many prestigious prizes, performances with every major symphony orchestra from the Boston Symphony to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, countless recitals in the greatest concert halls, and a catalogue of recordings. He also appears regularly at the festivals of Aspen, the BBC Proms, Blossom, Edinburgh, the Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia and Tanglewood.

Ax captured public attention in 1974 when, at age 25, he won the First Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists and four years later, took the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. An RCA recording contract followed, and many of his more than 20 albums became best-sellers and won top honors. In 1987 he became an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist, making his debut on that label with a collection of Chopin scherzos and mazurkas.

Devoted to chamber music literature, Mr. Ax regularly performs duo recitals with Yo-Yo Ma, and their recordings of the cello and piano repertoire have earned three Grammy Awards.

Tickets for this concert series performance are $9.00 general admission and $7.00 for senior citizens. Reserved seating will be in effect. A pre-performance dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts is also available. To order tickets or make dinner reservations, please call the College box office at 802-443-6433.