College of Fine Arts and Design

World-Renowned Chopin Pianist To Perform At UCO

Feb. 14, 2012

The University of Central Oklahoma's School of Music will present a special performance by Ann Schein, world-renowned pianist, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18 at UCO's Mitchell Hall Theater.           

The performance will feature Schein playing a variety of compositions by various composers including Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel and Beethoven.           

"Ann Schein is an incredible talent.  I am thrilled that our students will have the opportunity to hear her perform and observe the master class she will be conducting during her stay at Central," said David Forbat, D.M.A., head of the Keyboard Studies Division and former student of Schein at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

"It's terrific that not only our students, but also teachers and students from other area schools, will have this opportunity to hear her perform and teach."           

Schein's first recordings, created when she was 18 and 19, established her as one of the premier pianists of the works of Chopin.  She has gone on to receive many distinguished honors for her performances and recordings of Chopin's compositions.

Schein has performed with leading conductors, including George Szell, James Levine and Sieji Ozawa as well as with major orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles and London Philharmonic orchestras, among many others.  She has performed in 50 countries around the world and has performed at the White House during the Kennedy Administration.  

During Schein's visit to Central, she will conduct a master class that is free and open to the public.  The class will take place from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19 in the Radke Fine Arts Theatre located in UCO's Center for Transformative Learning.                

For tickets, call the UCO Mitchell Hall Theater Box Office at (405) 974-3375.           

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