NEW PALTZ — PianoSummer at New Paltz, an international piano institute and festival at SUNY New Paltz, will conclude its annual concert series with a symphony gala 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3 at SUNY New Paltz’s McKenna Theatre.
The final concert of the PianoSummer series will feature PianoSummer founder and artistic director Vladimir Feltsman conducting the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and PianoSummer faculty member Eteri Andjaparidze performing a concerto by P¿tr Ilich Tchaikovsky.
PianoSummer is a carefully crafted combination of intensive piano training and public performances by distinguished artists. During the month-long program, 44 emerging young pianists worked with faculty from around the world, led by Feltsman, a renowned pianist, conductor and teacher who is a distinguished professor at SUNY New Paltz.
PianoSummer at New Paltz engenders a special atmosphere of creativity and discovery, which is evident in the concert series and the various free recitals. Concerts performed by musicians at the top of their form, a close proximity between audience and artist, and the youthful vitality of PianoSummer students, allow music lovers the opportunity to revel in all-inclusive programming constructed around a favorite instrument.
Part of the symphony gala program is usually reserved for the winner of the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition – a competition created by Feltsman to honor the art and memory of his teacher, Jacob Flier, a distinguished Russian pianist who taught at the Moscow Conservatory. As occasionally occurs with the competition, there was no first place winner this year.
Concert tickets are available by calling the SUNY New Paltz box office at (845) 257-3904. For more information, please visit their Web site at http://www.newpaltz.edu/piano.