The University of Lynchburg will present an evening of music by Frédéric Chopin, as well as a lecture about his legacy, on Thursday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Sydnor Performance Hall.
“A Romantic Imagination: Frédéric Chopin, ‘The Poet of Keys’” will feature a talk by Dr. Cynthia Ramsey on Chopin’s fame in 19th-century Paris, where excellent virtuoso pianists could build cult-like followings.
“No one understood the piano’s special enchantment more than Frédéric Chopin,” Dr. Ramsey said. “Just as poets and writers use words to express their feelings, Chopin used the full resources of the piano and the notes produced from his virtuosic fingers as his voice.”
The recital will include performances by Noémi Lee, Dr. F. Johnson Scott III, Alexandra Curinga ’13, and Jeremy Craft ’12 MEd, ’16 MA. It is free and open to the public.
The event is the 12th-annual Esther C. Olin Lecture Recital on Piano Performance, which honors the contributions of Dr. Esther Clark Olin, a longtime Lynchburg College adjunct professor of piano and music composition.