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Friday, October 21, 2005

Renowned Pianist Andreas Klein Inaugurates Wroten Series

SALISBURY, MD---Internationally acclaimed pianist Andreas Klein celebrates Mozart’s 250th anniversary at Salisbury University 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall. His performance inaugurates the Patricia White Wroten Piano Concert Series at SU.

Klein's career as a solo pianist has taken him to the world's most prestigious venues—London's Wigmore Hall, Berlin's Philharmonic Hall and New York's Carnegie and Alice Tully halls—and others in Rome, Milan, Bern, Leipzig, Dresden, Damascus, and Yerevan. He has toured Europe, the Middle East and throughout the United States.

Most recently, he received accolades for his Mozart interpretations as a soloist with the renowned Lucerne Festival Strings. They performed in 10 U.S. cities at venues including the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Spivey Hall in Atlanta; the Wortham Center in Houston; and Mechanics Hall near Boston. Some of these concerts were broadcast by National Public Radio’s Performance Today, as well as the Public Broadcasting System.

He has received rave reviews for his albums, Beethoven and Berg Sonatas and Dancing through Time, as well as his live performances both in the United States and abroad. The New York Times calls him “a fascinating artist with all the indispensable qualities: touch, tone, temperament, taste - the four T's of pianism.” The Washington Post likens him to “a sketch artist bringing a scene to life with quick virtuoso strokes and shading.”

His performance is made possible by an endowment from Dr. William H. Wroten Jr., SU history professor emeritus, who dedicated the series in memory of his wife, Patricia.

With a lifelong interest in music that bloomed in later years, Mrs. Wroten took piano classes at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory of Music as an adult. She shared what she learned with other non-traditional students in the Salisbury area as a piano teacher for more than 20 years.

She also performed at SU, joining other area piano experts to present unusual and popular eight-handed recitals. She expanded her teaching to instructing music workshops at Peabody, as well as Princeton University and the University of Maryland College Park. Endowed by Dr. William H. Wroten Jr. and sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs, Klein’s performance is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6271. "

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