Paros' Classical Music Festival
Paros Summer Music Festival, inaugurates the "Great Pianists Series" and presents American pianist Frederick Weldy on Saturday, June 21st at the Archilochos Hall in Parikia, the island's capital. Weldy, a pianist of power, passion and precision, gives a concert with works by Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Alberto Ginastera, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Alexander Scriabin and Frederic Chopin.
Frederick Weldy won the prize of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and has since played for spell bound audiences in the United States, Europe, and Central America. The Washington Post praised his "compelling talent," other reviewers mentioned his "wonderful" interpretations in the San Francisco Chronicle, "his total commitment" in the San Antonio Express News, or his "genuine elegant style" in the Kansas City Star.
He started his career as a pianist with a memorable concert in the Weill Room at Carnegie Hall. Since then he has played in Washington, Chicago, Warsaw at the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, at the White House and at the Royal Palace in The Hague. He was invited by the Fondation La Gesse, in Boulogne-sur-Gesse in France, and has also played with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony Orchestra, and Costa Rica's National Symphony Orchestra, amongst others.
During the past season, Weldy played in San Francisco, Washington, at the Paderewski Museum in Warsaw, and at the International Music Festival in Paros, in Greece.
Frederick Weldy was born and raised on a cattle farm in Indiana, and has a doctorate in Musical Arts of Michigan University. He now teaches at Stanford University after the Harlem School of Arts, and the Interlochen National Music Camp, in Michigan.
In this year's Paros festival, Frederick Weldy interprets the following works:
- Sonata in E major, L. 23, and Sonata in C major, L. 104, by Domenico Scarlatti (2685-1757)
- Funerailles (October 1849) from Harmonies poetques et religieuses by Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
- Impromptu in G-flat major, opus 90, no. 3 by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
- Danzas Argentinas (Danza del Viejo boyero, Danza de la mosa donosa, Danza del gaucho matrero) by Alberto Ginastra (1916-1983)
- Prelude in G-sharp minor (opus 32, no. 12), Prelude in E-flat major (opus 23, no. 6) and Prelude in G-minor (opus 23, no. 5) by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
- Nocturne for the Left Hand Alone (opus 9, no. 2) by Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
- Nocturne in F-sharp major (opus 15, no. 2) and Ballade, no. 1 in G minor, opus 23, by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849).