The Music Department at Mary Baldwin University is getting into full swing, launching this season’s Carl Broman Concert Series with award-winning German pianist Benjamin Moser, who takes the stage at Francis Auditorium on Monday, September 24 at 8 p.m.
This exciting young performer burst onto the international scene in 2007, when he won first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and also soared at the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, capturing both the award for best interpretation of a Tchaikovsky work, as well as the audience prize. This success rapidly led to his debut at both Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
In that same season (2007–08), he also performed right here in Staunton as a Broman Concert artist. Those in attendance could not forget his spell-binding performance, filled with technical brilliance, beautiful expressivity, and rich musical understanding. Mary Baldwin is thrilled to welcome him back for a concert that is not to be missed. Moser’s program will delight both classical music aficionados as well as new concert-goers, featuring the fiery Seventh Sonata of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, a set of beautiful and expressive Preludes by Debussy, and the great Piano Sonata in B-flat Major of Franz Schubert.
Classical music has become a year-round affair at Mary Baldwin, as the college enthusiastically welcomed the Heifetz International Music Institute to campus this summer. The program’s focus on showcasing rising young stars parallels a priority of Mary Baldwin’s long-standing Broman Series, which every year also showcases up-and-coming artists such as Moser.
The Carl Broman Concerts are named in honor of Dr. Carl Broman, a revered member of the college music faculty from 1935 to 1979. This season’s series also includes the much-anticipated return of the Pacifica Quartet, one of the fastest-rising and most sought-after ensembles, on February 25, 2013. Mary Baldwin’s popular Sunday Recital Series opens with soprano Leah Hill on October 14.