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World of the Piano
Following an auspicious debut at the age of twelve with Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1 in C Major, op. 15 after only two years of study, the Johannesburg native captured first prizes in all the major South African competitions while still in his teens, toured his native country extensively and became a well-known radio and television personality. Nel is a prize-winning pianist who has been concertizing worldwide for more than five decades, presenting recitals in major venues and performing as a soloist with many of the world’s greatest orchestras.
This performance is made possible by the Laura N. Dabinett and Russell B. McKelway World of the Piano Fund, established in 2015 in commemoration of the wedding anniversary of Laura N. Dabinett and Russell B. McKelway.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825
Claude Debussy: Estampes
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, op. 47
Béla Bartók: 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz. 71
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, op. 57 (“Appassionata”)
Program subject to change.
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Sunday, September 10 at 1:30PM • Armstrong Concert Hall
Join us on the Sunday of each World of the Piano performance at 1:30PM in Armstrong Concert Hall for a Pre-Concert Talk! Learn about the artist’s program from Shenandoah Conservatory faculty and special guests.
Monday, September 11 at 10AM • Armstrong Concert Hall
Observe the guest artists as they work with Shenandoah Conservatory piano students. Masterclasses are typically held on the Monday following each World of the Piano performance from 10AM to noon in Armstrong Concert Hall. Limited seating is open to the public for quiet observation. Please arrive by 9:45AM.