‘Finest Pianist of His Generation’ to Perform at Moravian Jan. 24
Inaugural Betty Aierstock Moore Memorial Concert Hosts Artist Jeffrey Biegel
International Steinway pianist Jeffrey Biegel, a musician Moravian College’s Sean O’Boyle called “the finest pianist of his generation,” is a fitting selection to perform at this month’s inaugural Betty Aierstock Moore Memorial Concert in honor of the College’s attainment of “All-Steinway School” status.
Widely respected, Biegel has created a multi-faceted career as a pianist, recording artist, composer and arranger. His electrifying technique and mesmerizing touch have received critical acclaim and garner praise worldwide. These achievements are especially impressive considering Biegel could not hear or speak until the age of three, when he underwent corrective surgery.
A few weeks before his Friday, Jan. 24, performance – which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall on campus – Biegel was openly excited about the opportunity to play at Moravian, noting he was “touched” to help the College celebrate its conversion to becoming an all Steinway piano school.
“Steinways are great pianos, and when they are maintained properly, voiced and toned well, they are wonderful instruments. They are almost like people. They take on a life of their own,” Biegel said.
Moravian musicians will undoubtedly benefit from playing such instruments, he added. “The students will be able to create a sound that is uniquely their own,” Beigel explained. “A good Steinway piano is able to allow many different people to play the same instrument but create a different sound.”
Playing a different instrument makes me a better musician and a better pianist because each instrument has something else to say. It gives me a chance to say the same thing differently.”
– Jeffrey Biegel
Biegel purposely selected a program that would be “complementary” to the College’s new instrument. The playlist includes Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata, Bach’s French Suite No. 5, Chopin’s Ballade No. l, Paderewski’s Nocturne in B-flat Major, and J. Strauss Jr’s By the Beautiful Blue Danube.
“I am always looking forward to playing on a Steinway that I have not seen yet,” he added, comparing the experience to a “first date.” “Playing a different instrument, for me, makes me a better musician and a better pianist because each instrument has something else to say. It gives me a chance to say the same thing differently.”
It was a personal connection and friendship between O’Boyle, artist-lecturer in composition at Moravian, and Biegel that played a significant role in bringing the renowned pianist to campus.
“What a personal thrill it is for me to have my great friend and colleague Jeffrey Biegel perform at Moravian College,” O’Boyle noted. “Jeffrey is an artist of enormous stature, a brilliant musician and the finest pianist of his generation. The Moravian College community will be transported by his thrilling performance and our students will have an experience like no other."
Biegel will release a new CD, titled “Life According to Chopin,” on Thursday, Jan. 23, the day before his performance. The CD is already available on Amazon.com and iTunes. For more information, visit www.jeffreybiegel.com.
General admission is $15, $12 for senior citizens, and $5 for students.
The concert, presented in partnership with Jacobs Music, Philadelphia, will formally celebrate Moravian with the presentation of their All-Steinway School plaque. The honor will be presented by Sally Coveleskie, Steinway & Sons’ national director of institutional sales, and Chris Rinaldi, president of Jacobs Music Company. A champagne and cake reception will be provided by Jacobs Music Company.
Foy Concert Hall is located on Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in historic downtown Bethlehem.
In July 2013, Moravian received a gift from the late Betty Louise Aierstock Moore ’45 that secured the acquisition of an additional 10 Steinway & Sons pianos, achieving the designation as an All-Steinway School. This noteworthy distinction is held by fewer than 150 colleges and universities nationwide. Steinway, a preeminent name in music, is widely known for providing students and faculty with the highest quality pianos for instruction and performance.
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