November 9, 2009
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass.— The Music at Amherst Chamber Series continues its 2009-10 season with pianist Lydia Artymiw on Friday, December 4, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the ArmsMusicCenter at AmherstCollege.

Awarded both the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Prize and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Philadelphia-born pianist Artymiw has appeared with more than 100 orchestras worldwide. “Lydia Artymiw has far more than a virtuoso’s technical equipment,” said the Miami Herald of the musician. “She has warmth, sensitivity and an instinct for the re-creation of music.”

 Artymiw and her husband David Grayson lived in the town of Amherst from 1979 to 1985 while Grayson was assistant professor of musicology at AmherstCollege. Artymiw is currently the Distinguished McKnight Professor of Piano at the University of Minnesota.

 For her Dec. 4 concert, Artymiw will play Mozart’s Sonata in B flat Major, K. 333, selections from Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’Enfant Jésus (Twenty Glances at the Baby Jesus), selections from Kurtág’s “Játékok/Spiele/Games,” and Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 12.

Individual tickets go on sale on Nov. 23 and can be reserved by contacting the Concert Office at or 413/542-2195. Ticket prices are $28 for the general public, $22 for seniors and AmherstCollege employees, and $12 for students with valid ID. Tickets are free to AmherstCollege students at the door.

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