Pianist Norman Bemelmans Performs Works by Mussorgsky, Debussy and Liszt

Friday, March 22, 2013

The UNC Wilmington Office of Cultural Arts presents a piano concert by Norman Bemelmans, "Pictures at an Exhibition: Music by Mussorgsky, Debussy & Liszt," at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 in Kenan Auditorium.

Resident pianist Bemelmans explores the rich connection between visual and performing arts with a program featuring the epic suite Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, inspired by the works of artist and architect Viktor Hartmann. The evening also includes a selection of works by Franz Liszt and Impressionist tone paintings by one of the most evocative of musical colorists Claude Debussy.

An active recitalist in both the US and Europe, Bemelmans has toured professionally under the sponsorship of Pobitzer Artists International and the Franz Liszt Foundation. His most recent tours of Europe featured works by Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin - composers for which he has received wide critical acclaim.

Tickets are $18 for the general public, $15 for UNCW faculty and staff and free for UNCW students with a valid ID*. For tickets and information, call or visit the Kenan Auditorium Box Office, Monday - Friday, noon - 6 p.m., 910.962.3500 or 800.732.3643.

Artist Biography:

Born into an Austrian family prominently involved in the arts, Norman Bemelmans gave his first public solo concert at the age of seven. He has studied with international luminaries Jean Houpt, Stefan Bardas, Richard Cass, Patrizia Benkman and Ozan Marsch and toured professionally under the sponsor ship of Pobitzer Artists International and the Franz Liszt Foundation. From 1993-2000 he served in Atlanta as the Executive Director for Georgia Public Radio, Georgia's 14-station public radio network, and in 2005 was appointed the Director of Cultural Arts at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. An active recitalist in both the United States and Europe, Mr. Bemelmans' interpretations of the works of Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin in particular have received enthusiastic critical acclaim.

*UNCW student tickets must be purchased in person at the box office and are subject to availability; limit one per student; valid photo id required at time of purchase and upon entry to the performance.