Chopin Festival at Ithaca College Concludes with 'Chopin the Poet'

ITHACA, NY — “Chopin the Poet” — the fifth of five concerts performed at Ithaca College this fall in celebration of the bicentennial of Frédéric Chopin’s birth — will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 30. 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 pianists Nathan Hess and Charis Dimaras; and student pianists Natalie Khatibzadeh, Erik Correll and Gina Fortunato will perform a selection of works built around Chopin’s 24 Preludes. In commenting on these works, Chopin’s contemporary, Franz Liszt, said, “Chopin’s preludes are compositions of an order entirely apart. . . . They are poetic preludes, analogous to those of a great contemporary poet who cradles the soul in golden dreams.”

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