Tarleton Piano Festival features guest artist Allison Brewster Franzetti


STEPHENVILLE (October 18, 2016) — Pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti performs a solo guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Theatre at Tarleton State University.

The public recital, part of the 13th annual Tarleton Piano Festival, includes the music of living American composers and piano repertoire by Brewster Franzetti’s husband, Carlos Franzetti—a two-time Grammy Award winner from Argentina. Peculiar Plants by Victoria Bond and Rock Star by Amanda Harberg will be part of the program.

Tickets to the recital are $10 for adults and $5 for students with a valid ID. All seating is general admission. For ticket information, call the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 254-968-9634.

Brewster Franzetti will perform and teach at the two-day festival, Oct. 21-22. Both Tarleton and visiting high school students will perform in a master class setting on Oct. 22.

The 2014 Latin Grammy nominee for Best Classical Album and 2008 Grammy nominee for Best Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra, Brewster Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for her stunning virtuosity and musicality, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Her performances include the Grammy Awards Classical Music Tribute to Earl Wild and Lang Lang at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and at the opening of the VI International Festival of Music at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

She has been guest artist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Long Island Philharmonic, the English Sinfonia, the City of Prague Philharmonic, the Denver Symphony and the European Women’s Orchestra. She performed the world premiere of Piano Concerto No. 2 by Carlos Franzetti at the Teatro Colon with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, the European premiere with the Janacek Philharmonic and the U.S. premiere with the Queens Symphony Orchestra.

Solo recital performances include her critically acclaimed debuts at Merkin Hall in New York and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, her recital debut at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London. Her latest CD, “Franzetti Plays Franzetti,” was recently released on Amapola Records. Brewster Franzetti is a featured soloist on the 2001 Latin Grammy Award Winner, Tango Fatal on Amapola Records, Images Before Dawn – Symphonic Music of Carlos Franzetti on Premier Recordings, and the 1997 Grammy Award Winner, Portraits of Cubaon Chesky Records.

She has collaborated with some of the finest performers, composers and directors in the world, including Sir James Galway, John Corigliano, Lowell Liebermann, Jennifer Higdon, John Musto, Carlos Franzetti, Eugenia Zukerman, and Julius Baker. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

“This is exciting. Grammy award-winning pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti is known for her innovative performances,” said Professor of Piano Dr. Leslie Spotz. “Juilliard trained, with an international career, impeccable technique and wide range, she performs inclusive repertoire, featuring music composed by women and the composers of the Americas. We are privileged to be able to present such an illustrious pianist for our festival.”

Brewster Franzetti’s appearance at Tarleton’s Piano Festival is funded by the ULTRA Club and underwritten by First Financial Bank of Stephenville.

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