TACOMA, Wash. – American pianist William Ransom will give a public performance as the guest artist of University of Puget Sound’s 23rd Annual Piano Festival on Friday, Feb. 8. The 7:30 p.m. recital, presented by the School of Music, will be held in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Ticket information is below.
Ransom has appeared as a concerto soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico, and throughout the United States. He has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York, among other prestigious venues. He was also invited to play for the American ambassadors to Japan and Ireland.
The Boston-born pianist has been featured on National Public Radio and on television in the United States, Japan, Korea, Argentina, and Poland. He premiered several major works by composer Stephen Paulus and performed music by Dwight Andrews used in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway hit The Piano Lesson. Music critics have lauded his work.
"His playing really caught fire, filling the hall with pianist’s sparks that brought the audience to its feet," wrote The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"Ransom’s power was overwhelming. Technically perfect, musically expressive and lyrical, his performance offered only delight. He played to perfection," remarked The Journal of northern New York.
Currently the Mary L. Emerson Professor of Piano and head of the piano faculty at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., Ransom is a graduate of The Julliard School, where he studied with William Masselos. He continued his training with Theodore Lettvin at University of Michigan and with Gaby Casadesus at I’Académie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel in France. Ransom is the founder and artistic director of The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta.
The 23rd Annual Piano Festival runs from Friday night, Feb. 8, through Saturday, Feb. 9. Piano students from middle schools and high schools are invited to participate in the workshops, concerts, and Young Pianist Showcase Competition.
All students taking part in the Saturday morning master classes are eligible for the young pianist competition. Puget Sound faculty members Duane Hulbert and Tanya Stambuk, joined by guest artist William Ransom, will select six to eight students from the body of festival participants to perform solo repertoire at the Saturday evening program in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Following the concert four Young Pianist Showcase Competition winners, from different age groups, will be announced. They will receive cash prizes totaling $1,200.
REGISTRATION: Piano students may register for the festival through Friday, Jan. 25, at www.pugetsound.edu/pianofestival. The participant fee is $100. Piano teachers, parents, and younger students are welcome to audit the festival. Audit registration is available online until 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, or in person on Saturday, Feb. 9, until 10 a.m. The auditing fee is $20.
FOR TICKETS to the William Ransom concert: Order online at http://tickets.pugetsound.edu, or call Wheelock Information Center to purchase with a credit card at 253.879.6013. Admission is $12.50 for the general public; $8.50 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound faculty and staff. It is free for current Puget Sound students. Remaining tickets will be available at the door.
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