College of Fine Arts and Design

Award-Winning Pianist to Perform at UCO

November 17, 2011

The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music will present a special performance by José Feghali, gold medal-winner of the Seventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 28 at UCO's Mitchell Hall Theater.           

The performance will feature Feghali playing a variety of compositions by various composers including Mozart, Villa-Lobos, Schumann and Liszt.           

"José Feghali is so inspiring and I am thrilled that our students will have the opportunity to witness his performance.  I think he will light a fire in their musical minds, as he certainly has for me," said Sallie Pollack, D.M.A., faculty member in the UCO piano/keyboard studies division.

"He is both an electrifying and thoughtful performer who has a sincere passion for teaching and exposing young minds to rich dimensions of life that music embraces," she continued.   

Feghali, who won both the gold medal and Chamber Music prize in 1985 at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, has been Artist-in-Residence at Texas Christian University's School of Music since 1990.  He has appeared in over 1,000 performances worldwide, including performances with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and London Symphony, among many others.           

Feghali has been a judge at several international piano competitions and regularly gives master classes throughout the country.  During his visit to Central, he will conduct a master class from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the UCO Music Building, Room 101.  The class is free open to the public.                

Tickets to his performance are $20 for adults, $10 for non-UCO students and senior citizens, $5 for UCO students with a UCO I.D. and $4 for UCO piano students with a UCO I.D.  For tickets, call the UCO Mitchell Hall Theater Box Office at 405-974-3375.           

For a complete listing of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design events and performances, visit www.uco.edu/cfad/events.