Pianist Ian Moschenross, associate professor of music at Monmouth College, will present a concert on Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
“This concert is special because it is a culmination point of my sabbatical work on these pieces,” said Moschenross. “I have had a wonderful opportunity during my sabbatical to really reacquaint myself with repertoire that I’ve performed in the past. The last time I played any of the pieces on this program was 10 years ago. They are incredible works by great artists, and it’s a privilege to be able to share them with the community.”
Among the selections Moschenross will perform are “Arabesque” by Robert Schumann and “Toccata in C minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach. He will also perform “Variations serieuses” by Felix Mendelssohn and “Sonata in A Major D. 959” by Franz Schubert.
“The Variations by Mendelssohn were written as a contribution to a Beethoven memorial, and have a more profound character than many of his more popular works,” said Moschenross. “The Schubert is his penultimate piano sonata. His last three piano sonatas were all written during a short period in 1828, the year of his death at age 31.”
During his sabbatical, Moschenross also learned several of Chopin’s works and some chamber music and was a collaborative artist at the International Clarinet Association Conference. He took lessons and attended the Music Teachers National Association Conference in New York City.
“At the ICA conference, I performed with seven different clarinetists from around the country and the world, including a 20-year member of The President’s Own Marine Band, which plays at official functions at the White House, inaugurations, etc.,” said Moschenross. “I also played with a former clarinetist with the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. I was even on the same recital program as the first gold medal winner of the very first Van Cliburn Intl Piano Competition in 1962, Ralph Votapek.”