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January 10, 2013

Porter to give piano recital at Cochran Chapel

Residents can attend a free piano concert featuring the works of masters Claude Debussy and Frederic Chopin.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m., Stephen Porter will present a faculty piano recital as he performs works by Debussy and Chopin. This event, free and open to the public, will take place in Cochran Chapel on Chapel Avenue on the Phillips Academy campus.

In 2012 the American pianist Porter was named artist-resident of the Cité Internationale Des Arts, and invited to Paris for two months to give recitals of the music of Debussy during the composer’s 150th birthday year. He has performed the complete Piano Preludes of Debussy in Paris, in Sarajevo as the featured soloist of the 8th Bosnia International Music Festival, and in the United States.

Porter was recently in Washington, D.C. to be the guest on National Public Radio’s “Diane Rehm Show,” to discuss Debussy’s life and music and play selections from the live concerts. He has appeared as soloist at Albert Long Hall in Istanbul, Turkey, the Rockefeller Foundation at Lake Como, Italy, and with the Amadeus Orchestra of London at LSO St. Luke’s. This spring he will give solo recitals in Rio de Janeiro, at Harvard University (new works dedicated to him by 15 contemporary composers, titled “Re-Imagining Debussy”), and perform Beethoven’s final piano sonata, Op. 111, at the Boston Early Music Festival.

Cochran Chapel is handicapped accessible. For further information, contact the Phillips Academy Music Department at 978-749-4260 or send an email to music@andover.edu.

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