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Emerging Keyboard Artist Recital to Feature "Ambitious" Program

October 04, 2012
David BrickleThe Emerging Keyboard Artist Recital, an annual event at Lander University since 2003, continues on Thursday, Oct. 11, with a performance by pianist David Brickle.

The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Lander's Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium.

Brickle, an Anderson native who has played the piano since he was seven, won first place last year in the South Carolina state level of the Music Teachers' National Association Young Artist Competition and appeared as guest artist at Anderson's 2011 Festival of Keys.

He has also performed at the University of Florida International Piano Festival's collegiate honors recital, and recently made his radio debut with a performance aired on ETV Radio for the show "On the Keys."

Brickle is currently studying under esteemed University of South Carolina Professor of Music Dr. Marina Lomazov.

The young pianist will play a challenging program consisting of the Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101, by German composer Ludwig van Beethoven; the Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52, by Polish composer Frederic Chopin; and the Sonata No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 83, by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.

Lander Professors Emeritus of music Dr. Anthony and Dr. Marianne Lenti established the Emerging Keyboard Artist Recital, to showcase young keyboard players embarking on performing careers. The Lentis characterized the selections that Brickle will perform as "works of emotional and psychological depth, written in the mature years of the composers."

The Sonata by Beethoven, Dr. Anthony Lenti said, "encompasses a great range of moods and characters." He called the Ballade by Chopin "one of the composer's greatest works."

Lenti said that the Sonata by Prokofiev, composed during World War II, "reflects the composer's multifaceted reactions to the war that tore his country apart. One hears moments of great emotional turbulence, and then melodies of great beauty. The finale is one of the most dramatic virtuoso pieces of the 20th century."

Lenti called the program that Brickle will play "an ambitious undertaking for a young player."

The recital is free and open to the public.