The Edmond Sun

March 13, 2014

Armstrong Auditorium presents pianist, chamber orchestra


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Hailed as “a national treasure” by the Los Angeles Times, legendary pianist Menahem Pressler will be joined by the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra for a program of chamber music favorites at the Armstrong Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

As a founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio, Pressler has spent more than five decades captivating audiences with both solo and chamber repertoire. In addition to his work with the Trio, Pressler has compiled more than 30 solo recordings, ranging from the works of Bach to Ben Haim. Noting his masterful technique and pianism, the New York Times described Pressler as “a poet, time and again revealing unexpected depths in works that have been endlessly plumbed and surveyed.”

“Menahem Pressler has established himself among the world’s most distinguished musicians,” said Ryan Malone, Armstrong Auditorium concert manager. “His ability to reach the highest rung of the professional artistic ladder and remain there for over 50 years speaks volumes about his stature among pianists in the classical music world,” he said.

Pressler will direct the New York Chamber Soloist Orchestra in a number of classics, including Rondo in A minor and Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat by W.A. Mozart, Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland and a pair of Beethoven’s Romances for Violin.

Shane Granger, house manager for the Armstrong Auditorium, said concertgoers will delight in experiencing Pressler’s talents in the hall’s unmatched acoustics.

“This auditorium’s acoustical intimacy is simply fabulous, and with only 823 luxurious seats, we offer a uniquely intimate evening with one of the world’s master pedagogues,” he said.



TICKETS to see pianist Menahem Pressler begin at $28 for balcony seating and $68 for orchestra. For more information on ticket options, subscriptions, group rates or current exhibits, visit http://tickets.armstrongauditorium.org or call 285-1010.