Pianist will be guest artist at 'Classic Gems'
URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra's next concert, "Classic Gems," is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Maestro Stephen Alltop will conduct. The guest artist will be pianist James Gile.
The program: Walter Piston's "Serenata"; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453, with Giles on piano; and Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92.
Concertgoers are invited to earlier performances from 6:40 to 7:10 p.m. at Stage 5 in the Krannert lobby, featuring some of the talented young musicians receiving CUSO Guild scholarships to the Illinois Summer Youth Music camp.
Giles is coordinator of the piano program at Northwestern University and chairman of the piano department at the Eastern Music Festival during the summers.
He gives master classes and lectures at universities nationwide and has taught during the summers at Bowdoin, Brevard, ARIA and the Schlern Festival in Italy. He has been a guest professor at the Sibelius Academy, the Shanghai Conservatory and at Indiana University. He regularly performs in the music centers of America, Europe and Asia.
His repertoire encompasses the standard solo and chamber music literature as well as the music of our time. He has commissioned and premiered works by William Bolcom, C. Curtis-Smith, Stephen Hough, Lowell Liebermann, Ned Rorem, Augusta Read Thomas, Earl Wild and James Wintle.
A London critic called Giles' 2003 Wigmore Hall recital "one of the most sheerly inspired piano recitals I can remember hearing for some time" and added that "with a riveting intelligence given to everything he played, it was the kind of recital you never really forget."
Tickets are $35 for adults, $31 for senior citizens and $5 for students of all ages. For tickets, call 333-6280.