The Young Artists Series presents “Reflections of Walter Piston”

Award-winning pianists Jonathan Coombs and Igor Lovchinsky performed at 3 p.m., on Sunday, November 4, 2012, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts as part of its Young Artists Series. The special program, entitled “Reflections of Walter Piston,” features commentary by Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz and compositions by Walter Piston (1894-1976), one of the most respected composers and teachers of the 20th century. Admission is free and open to the public.

Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz are internationally acclaimed duo-pianists and music educators to whom Walter Piston dedicated his Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, later transcribed in a second version for two pianos soli. This work is included in a program that features the complete piano repertoire of Piston as well as a work by his colleague Aaron Copland, “El Salon Mexico,” transcribed by Piston’s student Leonard Bernstein. The Quick Center’s Young Artists Series is presented in association with The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, which through its flagship program, The New York International Piano Competition, is committed to furthering the education, recognition and fostering of a new generation of talented young musicians. The Foundation helps aspirants achieve their personal and professional goals through mentoring, career guidance, artistic development, and performance opportunities throughout the year.