Pianist Evan Mitchell
LocationSarofim School of Fine Arts: Alma Thomas Theater
Date & Time7:00pm CDT October 24, 2015
7:00pm CDT October 24, 2015
From the New World: Piano Music of the Americas with guest pianist Evan Mitchell
Lauded for his “impassioned and vigorous” playing (Pianomania), Mitchellhas established himself as a bold and versatile artist. This exciting evening will highlight some of the Americas’ leading composers from Copland to Santoro. Join us for this free performance with one of today’s most talented young pianists.
His performances have been deemed “incredibly beautiful” (Fanfare), “amazing” (Fort Worth Weekly), and “no less than stunning” (Lima News).
From the New World: Piano Music of the Americas
Iman Habibi (b. 1985) – Three Preludes
George Gershwin (1898-1937) – Three Preludes
Aaron Copland (1900-1990) – Piano Variations
Lowell Liebermann (b. 1961) – Nocturne No. 1, Op. 20
Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) – Souvenir de Porto Rico, Op. 31
The Banjo, Op. 15
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) – Five selections from “Anniversaries”
I. For Aaron Copland
II. For Jessica Fleischmann
III. For Elizabeth B. Ehrman
IV. In Memoriam: Alfred Eisner
V. In Memoriam: Ellen Goetz
Charles Ives (1874-1954) – “The Alcotts,”fromSonata No. 2, “Concord, Mass., 1840-60”
Claudio Santoro (1919-1989) – Sonata No. 4, “Fantasia”
I. Allegro deciso
III. Allegro molto
Pianist Evan Mitchell’s solo and collaborative performances have been heard in major cultural centers on four continents, and broadcast throughout the U.S. and China. He has played concerti with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Victoria, among others. Mitchell is a featured artist on the 2012 CD release “Piano de Pampa y Jungla: A Collection of Latin American Piano Music,” and a recently recorded DVD/CD with bassist Szymon Marciniak will be released in early 2016.
Recent highlights include debuts on Chicago’s prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series and at Shanghai’s Oriental Art Center, and in June 2014 the Texas Commission on the Arts named Evan to its Texas Touring Roster. Most recently, Mitchell gave a recital at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City as a quarterfinalist in the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition. In addition to his active concert schedule, he has given more than 120 performances over the past three years for Musical Awakenings®, the signature educational outreach program of the Van Cliburn Foundation. Other performance affiliations include the Goss-Michael Foundation (contemporary British visual art), Avant Chamber Ballet, and DFW-based Open Classical, whose motto – “Music that’s dressed down, not dumbed down” – reflects a mission to present classical music in unconventional spaces.
Mitchell holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is currently working toward his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Texas Christian University, where he studies with John Owings. For more information, please visit www.evanmitchell.net.