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Beth Sorensen
Office of Communications
503/777-7574
beth.sorensen@reed.edu


PIANO VIRTUOSO TO PRESENT AND PERFORM MOZART IMPROVISATION

Robert Levin, professor, scholar, theorist, and piano virtuoso, will present "Improvisation in Mozart’s Keyboard Music" on Thursday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in Reed's Eliot Hall chapel. The presentation, sponsored by Reed’s music department and the Portland Baroque Orchestra, is free and open to the public. For more information see http://web.reed.edu/publicevents or call 503/777-7755.

Levin will outline the places in Mozart’s concertos, solo, and chamber works where improvisation is stylistically appropriate. The presentation, to include facsimiles of selected autographs, will end with a free fantasy improvised from themes in the Viennese classical style submitted by the audience.

Pianist and fortepianist Robert Levin has performed in numerous festivals and chamber music concerts, and with orchestras that include Berlin, Boston, Montreal, and Vienna. He has made numerous recordings, such as the complete Bach concertos and concerto cycles of Beethoven and Mozart. He is president of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Dwight P. Robinson, Jr. Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. Levin, author of numerous articles and essays on Mozart, is renowned for his restoration of the Classical period practice of improvised embellishments and cadenzas. He is widely known for his completions of Mozart fragments, and Carnegie Hall has commissioned a completion of the Mozart Mass in C minor, K. 427, to be premiered in 2005.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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