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Pianist in concert at Sondheim

Jan 30, 2014

Joel Brown, professor emeritus of music at Iowa Wesleyan College, will perform a solo piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

Brown’s recital on the Sondheim’s Steinway piano will feature the Aeolian Harp Etude by Chopin, the Bb major sonata K. 333 by Mozart and the entire eighth movement Kreisleriana by Robert Schumann.

Brown performs frequent recitals and is in demand as an accompanist and adjudicator for piano festivals and contests. He has been a solo performer with orchestras in Ohio, Georgia and Iowa.

A native of Rural Retreat, Va., Brown earned his Bachelor of Arts in music from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C. He received the Master of Music in Piano and his Doctorate of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Music Literature at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Brown is known in southeast Iowa as a piano teacher and performer of exceptional ability. One of his adult students recently observed, “He hears more music in music than most people do and has a way of drawing that beautiful music from the instrument.”

Robert McConnell, conductor of the Southeast Iowa Symphony, and himself a performer, said, “Joel Brown is a true artist. He possesses a sensitivity of expression that few soloists ever achieve in their performances.”

Tickets for Brown’s performance, based on seating zones, are $12 or $15. Youth tickets are $5.

Tickets are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Ticket Office, 472-2787 and www.fairfieldacc.com.

Fairfield Concert Association members receive free admission to the concert with proof of membership.

Dr. Joel Brown on the Steinway piano is part of the Sondheim Chamber Music Spotlight Series and is presented in conjunction with the Fairfield Concert Association, Chamber Music Society Fairfield, Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau, Robert Tree, Edith Perry and Blake Overall.

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