Irish Pianist Barry Douglas to perform recital

January 7, 2009

One of 2008–09 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series

barry douglasSCOTTSDALE – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present a recital by acclaimed Irish pianist Barry Douglas at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale as part of the 2008-09 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series. The performance is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Each season, the Virginia G. Piper Concert Series brings internationally acclaimed classical pianists – from legendary performers to emerging talents – for intimate recitals.

Hailed as “a supremely talented and genuine artist,” Barry Douglas is one of today’s most versatile and brilliant pianists. A native of Ireland, Douglas received international recognition as the gold medalist at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow, the first non-Russian to earn this prestigious award since Van Cliburn. He has performed with many of the world’s top orchestras and collaborated with eminent conductors such as Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Douglas’ program will include Schumann’s Three Romances, Op. 28, and Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Florestan und Eusebius; Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit; and Scriabin’s Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp Major, Op. 53.

Single tickets are available for $24 online at www.scottsdale or through the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787). Pinnacle Presbyterian Church is located in Scottsdale at 25150 N. Pima Rd. at the E. Happy Valley Road intersection. Free parking is available at the church.