ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — A piano recital by Sam Rotman at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, will close the Friends of Good Music season at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The program will present popular piano classics ranging from Bach to Tchaikovsky.
Rotman received his bachelor and master of music degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City. While a student, he was the recipient of nine awards in the form of grants, scholarships and prizes. Subsequently, he has been among the winners in five piano competitions in the United States and Europe.
The most prestigious award was that of Laureate Winner in the 4th International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, Austria. Rotman also participated in the 6th International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, Russia. He has given more than 2,400 performances in 58 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South and Central America, Africa, South Africa, Europe and Asia.
Rotman has devoted a specific area of his musical life to the study and performance of the works of Beethoven. He began a series of all-Beethoven concerts in 1970 (the Beethoven bicentennial) and performed a special Beethoven concert on PBS. He continues to perform the works of Beethoven in recital and with orchestra.
Rotman has released four recordings: “Portrait of a Piano,” which includes the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninoff; “Impressions: Piano Portraits of Claude Debussy, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition;” “Rachmaninoff Piano Works;” and his most recent recording, “The Piano Music of Beethoven,” which includes the Moonlight and Pathetique sonatas.
“We are happy to have the internationally renowned Mr. Rotman return to the area since he is the son-in-law of one of Olean’s esteemed citizens, Barbara Chew, and still has many family connections here,” said Ludwig Brunner, executive director of the Quick Center. “His recital will be a great ending to another successful Friends of Good Music concert season.”
For tickets and information, call the Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.
For each Friends of Good Music performance, The Quick Center opens its galleries one hour before the start of the performance and keeps them open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Museum admission is free and open to the public, year round. Visit The Quick Center online at www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.
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