March 30, 2000

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson to Perform at Middlebury College Center for the Arts on April 16

Praise for Garrick Ohlsson


"Of today's touring celebrity pianists, Ohlsson is the most comprehensively satisfying."

---The Boston Globe

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.?Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 16 in the Concert Hall in the Middlebury College Center for Arts. The program will include Johann Sebastian Bach's "Goldberg" Variations.

Ohlsson has performed at concert halls in major cities across the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia. Born in White Plains, N.Y., Ohlsson began attending the Juilliard School at the age of 13. He has won prestigious awards for his work, including the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994.

Describing a performance by Ohlsson, The New York Times declared, "his playing was fully expressive, that cumulative layering of controlled power turning grandiosity to grandeur." The Palm Beach Post stated, "Ohlsson's technical mastery is a marvel. The most difficult passages tumble from his fingers like leaves in autumn."

Best known as being one of the world's leading exponents of the music of Chopin, Ohlsson has recorded the complete solo works of this composer for the Arabesque recording label. He has also gained recognition for performing works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, as well as music of the Romantic era. His repertoire is wide and eclectic, ranging from Haydn to 20th century masters, and he has appeared twice on National Public Radio's "Prairie Home Companion."

Tickets for this performance are $9 general admission and $7 for senior citizens. A pre-performance brunch at 1:30 p.m. will be held at Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts. To order tickets or make brunch reservations, call the College box office at 802-443-6433.