Chopin Festival at Ithaca College Continues With 'Chopin The Dreamer'

ITHACA, NY — “Chopin the Dreamer,” the second of five fall concerts to be performed at Ithaca College in celebration of the bicentennial of Frédéric Chopin’s birth, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Free and open to the public, the concert will begin at 8:15 p.m. in the Hockett Family Recital Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music.

Faculty performers Nathan Hess and Jennifer Hayghe, along with student pianists Kelly McKee, Sean Cotty, Sarah Fears, Natalie Khatibzadeh and Scott Gentile, will play works that Chopin composed as fantasies and nocturnal wanderings. Each fall performance has a specific title that will present Chopin’s work in a different context.

The remaining performances in the series are listed below.

Tuesday, Oct. 19
“Chopin the Classicist?”

Faculty pianist Jennifer Hayghe and student pianists Michael Gaertner, Elizabeth Leger, John Wysocki will perform four scherzos and a sonata that, though they represent older forms, sound anything but classical.

Tuesday, Nov. 9
“Chopin the Dancer”

Faculty pianists Nathan Hess, Deborah Martin and Diane Birr, and student pianists Taylor Aretz, Rachel Fannick, Jean Elder, and Kelly McKee will perform a selection of Chopin’s most popular works, including the “Minute Waltz” (Waltz in D-Flat Major, op. 64, no. 1) and the “Heroic Polonaise” (Polonaise in A-Flat Major, op. 53).

Tuesday, Nov. 30
“Chopin the Poet”

Faculty pianists Nathan Hess and Charis Dimaras, and student pianists Natalie Khatibzadeh, Erik Correll and Gina Fortunato will perform a selection built around Chopin’s 24 Preludes, which demonstrate work unlike much of Chopin’s other compositions.

For more information on the “2010 Chopin Festival,” contact Erik Kibelsbeck in the School of Music at or (607) 274-3717.