BOONE—Major works for piano by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin will be performed by pianist Bair Shagdron April 26 at Appalachian State University.
Shagdaron’s recital begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall.
His program opens with Bach’s “French Suite No.5 in G Major, BWV 816.” Bach wrote six French suites in his mid-30s, and they are among his most popular works writte for piano.. The composition’s seven movements are each based on a style of dance – allemande, courante, sarabande, gavotte, bourrée, loure and gigue.
Next on the program is Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op.2 No. 1.” Written in 1795, the composition was dedicated to Joseph Haydn.
Shagdaron’s recital showcases another composition by Beethoven, “Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op.109.” The composition is introspective compared to his earlier compositions with passages marked by intimacy and warmth.
The program concludes with Frédéric Chopin’s “Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op.22.”
Shagdaron has been a member of the Hayes School of Music faculty at Appalachian since 2000.
He has been guest artist for An Appalachian Summer Festival and other concerts and has performed with the Hamburger Symphoniker (Hamburg, Germany) and the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.