Guest and Faculty Recital Series opener set for Tuesday
Piano selections from Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninov, Frederic Chopin and Gabriel Faure will open the Victoria College 2013-14 Guest and Faculty Recital Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with a performance on VC's main campus.
The performance will take place in the Johnson Symposium and is free and open to the public.
Joachim Reinhuber, a pianist from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, will be the opening guest performer in the series hosted by VC's music department.
"Joachim Reinhuber is playing a concert of piano music from the Romantic era," said Marylynn L. Fletcher, professor of music and director of choral studies at Victoria College. "In addition to the traditional preludes, etudes and nocturnes found on Romantic piano recitals, he is performing the Brahms Handel Variations after intermission. I am excited about his programming of this work. It is a tour de force for piano lasting at least 27 minutes. It consists of 24 variations and a fugue based on a theme by the Baroque composer George F. Handel."
Fletcher added that this work is deemed by pianists and music historians as one of the greatest sets of variations for piano.
"Not only is it technically challenging, but it created a new model for variations," she said. "The composition builds from a simple statement of Handel's theme to a powerful fugal conclusion."
Reinhuber serves as assistant professor of piano at Texas A&M University at Kingsville, and is in high demand as solo and collaborative performer, clinician and adjudicator, both in the U.S. and Germany. He was a member of the city of Aschaffenburg Music School faculty in Germany, teaching piano, chamber music and music theory for 14 years.
In August 2006, he moved to Texas to complete a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Texas at Austin.
Recent performances include Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Bach's Concerto in D Minor and the Stravinsky's Concerto for Piano and Winds. In 2012, he was the pianist for the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Men's Choir, and in 2013 for the Texas Two Year College All-State Choir.
In the fall and spring, Reinhuber will tour extensively throughout Texas and the U.S. Highlights will include the performance of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra and a residency at the Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival in Pueblo, Colo.
For more information on the series, call 361-572-6425 or visit VictoriaCollege.edu.