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Chopin explored in performance series
The complete solo piano works of Fryderyk Chopin will be presented chronologically—from a polonaise written at age 7 through his last mazurka penned in 1849—in a free concert series through April 14.

The piano studio of professor Arthur Greene presents the concerts. They are at 7:30 p.m. March 13, 20, 24, and 31, and April 7, 10 and 14, in the Britton Recital Hall in the E.V. Moore Building, 1100 Baits Drive. All performances open with a talk. The concerts will be recorded and distributed through the U-M store on iTunes.

Greene’s students come from the United States, Canada, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Taiwan, China, Korea, Japan, and Ireland. “Rather than presenting just one person’s approach, here we will have a diverse array of backgrounds, providing a kaleidoscope of personalities,” he says, adding it’s exciting to explore Chopin to the fullest.

In conjunction with the final concert, a symposium is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 14. It will feature Jeffrey Kallberg, one of America’s leading Chopin scholars. Also appearing will be U-M faculty Mark Clague, Nadine Hubbs, and Wayne Petty.

There is a Web log for listeners to record their comments at sitemaker.umich.edu/chopinproject. More information is available at www-personal.umich.edu/~agreene/Chopin.html.

Sponsors include the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, the Center For Russian and Eastern European Studies, the Copernicus Endowment and Hammell Music of Michigan.

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