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World-class pianist to perform at Union

World-class pianist to perform at Union

Clarinetist Widmann will join her in 2nd performance
World-class pianist to perform at Union
Mitsuko Uchida performs in Westchester County in a file photo.
Photographer: The New York Times

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida, one of the world’s top pianists and conductors, will perform Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Union College’s Memorial Chapel as part of the Union College Concert Series.

Renown for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven, Uchida will play Mozart’s Sonata in C Major, K. 545, and Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16 and Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17. Also part of her performance will be a new composition by German Jorg Widmann called Sonatina facile.

Uchida, who will also perform at Union on April 1, is making her first visit to Schenectady in 11 years. It was back at the end of the 2005-2006 season that she honored Mozart on his 250th birthday with a performance that also included renditions of Fantasy in C minor and Sonata in C minor at Memorial Chapel.

“She plays a recital in Carnegie Hall every year and she sells it out,” said Derek Delaney, director of the Union College Concert Series. “On this trip to America she’s performing at Carnegie Hall, the University of Michigan and Union College, so that says something right there. She’s one of the top three pianists in the world.”

Born in Japan and raised in Great Britain, Uchida won a 2011 Grammy Award for Mozart piano concertos No. 23 and 24, which she conducted for the Cleveland Orchestra while also playing the solo part.

Uchida was an artist-in-residence for the Cleveland Orchestra from 2002-2007, leading performances of all of Mozart’s solo piano concertos. She also conducted the English Chamber Orchestra, and in 2010 was artist-in-residence for the Berlin Philharmonic. She was senior artist at the Marlboro Music School and Festival in 1974 and 1992, and has been permanently associated with Marlboro since 1994 when she became a member of the Committee for Artistic Direction.

She is also a founding trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, an organization helping young artists who aspire for international careers. In May 2012, the Royal Philharmonic Society announced that she would be honored with their Gold Medal.

Uchida, who records exclusively for Decca Records, was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2009, and since 2013 has been Artistic Director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival on the campus of Marlboro College in Southern Vermont.

Uchida’s Monday event will be followed up by an encore performance on Saturday, April 1, again at Union’s Memorial Chapel. On April 1 she will be accompanied by Widmann, an eminent clarinetist and composer.

“We never present an artist twice in one week, but we’ve known each other for 20 years so she reached out to me to do another concert,” said Delaney. “She had this project already scheduled with Widmann at Carnegie Hall, and that was the only place they were going to perform it together. Well, she needs a warmup date and when she asked me if she could do it here, I said, ‘absolutely.’ So, we are very, very lucky. To have her here twice in one week is just extraordinary.”


Mitsuko Uchida

WHAT: The Union College Concert Series
WHERE: Memorial Chapel, Union College, Schenectady
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 27
HOW MUCH: $30 for adults, students free
MORE INFO: 388-6080, www.unioncollegeconcerts.org


Mitsuko Uchida and Jorg Widmann

WHAT: The Union College Concert Series
WHERE: Memorial Chapel, Union College, Schenectady
WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 3 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $30 for adults, students free
MORE INFO: 388-6080, www.unioncollegeconcerts.org

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