Nakamatsu to perform as part of BCMS Series

BROOKINGS – Jon Nakamatsu, the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition’s gold medalist, will perform a solo recital Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Larson Memorial Concert Hall on the South Dakota State University campus. 

The concert is part of the Brookings Chamber Music Society Series.

General admission tickets are $20, and student tickets are $5. Tickets can be purchased at the SDSU School of Performing Arts by calling 688-5187, or at the Performing Arts Center box office 45 minutes before the concert.

A former high school teacher of German with no formal conservatory training, Nakamatsu’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s “Third Piano Concerto” during the Van Cliburn Competition set him apart amid a field of experienced competitors and launched his noteworthy career as a soloist.

His Brookings program will include Brahms’ “Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Opus 5,” Muzio Clementi’s “Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, Opus 25 No. 5,” and Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Opus 28 (Pastoral).”

Nakamatsu is a highly sought-after musical soloist and collaborator. During the 2017-18 season, he will perform with no fewer than 10 symphony orchestras and several chamber music ensembles.

Nakamatsu records exclusively for the Harmonia Mundi label and has released 12 CDs.

The concert is part of a celebration of the famed Fazioli Grand Piano housed in the Larson Concert Hall. The handcrafted instrument was built 30 years ago by the gifted piano maker Paolo Fazioli, whose factory is located northeast of Venice, Italy.

BCMS is a nonprofit organization that presents concerts in the Performing Arts Center in Brookings and is allied with the South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts. Upcoming concerts for the BCMS’ 2018 season are Laura Wilde, Feb. 25; and Quey Percusssion Duo, April 8.

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