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Grammy Award-Winning Pianist Garrick Ohlsson to Perform at Duke March 16

Grammy Award-Winning Pianist Garrick Ohlsson to Perform at Duke March 16

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Durham, NC - Duke Performances presents acclaimed and award-winning pianist Garrick Ohlsson in a solo recital on Friday, March 16, at 8 pm in Reynolds Theater in the Bryan Center.

Ohlsson quickly drew attention early in his career when, in 1970, he became the first US citizen to win the Chopin Prize.  Since then he has won the Avery Fisher Prize and in 2008 a Grammy Award for his solo recording of Beethoven’s sonatas.

An acclaimed interpreter of Chopin, Ohlsson has nevertheless also established himself as a performer of unparalleled range.  Along with his Grammy for Beethoven’s sonatas and his claim on the Chopin Prize, Ohlsson has performed his Liszt program to widespread praise.  In a review of a recent Liszt performance, the New York Times praised his performance for "the passion and force of his interpretation, enhanced by his clear voicing of inner lines and the dramatic juxtaposition of contrasting elements."

At Duke, Ohlsson will present a program dedicated to composer Franz Liszt whose bicentenary was celebrated in 2011.

Also, on Saturday, March 17, at noon in the Nelson Music Room, Ohlsson will discuss his career and composer Franz Liszt with Duke music professor R. Larry Todd.  This conversation is free and open to the public.

 In addition to his solo performance, Ohlsson will perform with the celebrated Takacs Quartet on Saturday, March 17, 8 pm in Reynolds Theater as part of the Chamber Arts Society series.

Tickets are available by contacting the University Box Office by phone at 919-684-4444 or in person in the top level of Dukes Bryan Center, Monday to Friday, 11 am to 6 pm.  Tickets are also available online at http://www.dukeperformances.org.

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