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Pianist Peter Takács to Perform for Diehn Concert Series Tonight

Pianist Peter Takács will perform works by Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Chopin and Gershwin on Monday, March 23, for Old Dominion University's F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series. The concert, scheduled for 8 p.m., will be in Chandler Recital Hall at the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvelous pianist," Takács has received wide critical and audience acclaim for his penetrating and communicative musical interpretations. He is a professor of piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he has taught since 1976.

Born in Bucuresti, Romania, Takács started his musical studies before his fourth birthday and gave his debut recital at age 7. He was a frequent recitalist in his native city until his parents' request for emigration to the West, where he continued studying piano and, at age 14, was admitted to the Conservatoire National de Paris.

Takács has received numerous prizes and awards for his performances, including First Prize in the William Kapell International Competition, the C.D. Jackson Award for Excellence in Chamber Music at the Tanglewood Music Center and a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In conjunction with the Diehn concert, Takács will judge the finals of the Harold Protsman Classical Period Piano Competition, to be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, in Chandler Recital Hall. He also will give a master class for selected winners at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22, co-sponsored by the Tidewater Music Teachers Forum. Both the final competition and the master class are free and open to the public.

The F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series is supported by a grant from the Diehn Fund of The Norfolk Foundation. Tickets for the performance are $15 for general admission and $10 for ODU students. Tickets may be purchased at the Arts and Letters Box Office in the lobby of the University Theatre, located between 46th Street and 47th streets, or by calling 683-5305.

This article was posted on: March 23, 2009

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