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January 17, 2013

Lookout: Pianist Moyer kicks off music program

Concert pianist Frederick Moyer will perform “Of Old and New: A Grandfather’s Tale” on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. It is the first of three concerts in this year’s Jean C. Wilson Music Series.

The program will feature works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy, Béla Bartok, Alberto Jonás, Ernst von Dohnanyi, Enrique Granados and Sergei Prokofiev, according to organizers.

His more than 25-year career as a full-time concert pianist has taken Moyer to 43 countries and to international venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sydney Opera House, Windsor Castle, as well as national venues like Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, Tanglewood in Lenox, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Moyer has appeared with many of the major orchestras of the United States, as well as Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia.

With an affinity for computer programming, Moyer will incorporate technology into his concerts, as well. He is a member of the Jazz Arts Trio and performs “note-for-note transcriptions of such jazz pianists as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Erroll Garner, bringing this great American music onto classical music stages. In 2009, he and Dr. Paul Green unveiled an unfinished piano sonata by Robert Schumann.”

The Jean C. Wilson Music Series is named for one of the founders and the director of the music series for 27 years. Now organized by the First Religious Society’s Music Committee, the program offers three concerts, typically held during the first three months of the year.

There is a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. It is free for children and students to attend. For more information about the concert go to www.frsuu.org or call 978-465-0602, ext. 401.

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