October 26, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn will present the second concert in the 2001-02 Music at Amherst Series on Friday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College, playing an all-Beethoven program. Solzhenitsyn will perform the Elf neue Bagatellen, Op. 119; the Sonata in F minor, WoO 47, No. 2; the Sieben Bagatellen, Op. 33; the Sonata quasi una fantasia in E-flat major, Op. 27, No. 1; the Sechs Bagatellen, Op. 126; and the Sonata quasi una fantasia in C-sharp minor, Op. 27. There will be a brief intermission after the first three pieces.

Solzhenitsyn has toured extensively in Europe and the United States, performing with numerous major orchestras, including those in Boston, Chicago, Washington, Montreal, London, Paris and Sydney. An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Emerson, Borodin, Brentano, St. Petersburg and Lydian String Quartets, under the baton of distinguished conductors such as Andre Previn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Charles Dutoit, Krzysztof Penderecki and James Conlon.

The Los Angeles Times said of a recent Mozart performance that Solzhenitsyn “made the thrills happen. He produced a reading that combined Zen-like spontaneity with sculptured execution that brought out all aspects of the piece... understating the work's well-known profile while highlighting its felicity and myriad details. It was at once simply delivered and filled with feeling.”

Admission to the concert is $20, senior citizens $16, and students $5. Tickets may be reserved by calling 413/542-2195 on weekday mornings. The Amherst College Concert Office has a Website at http://www.amherst.edu/~concerts.