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Chopin Festival at Ithaca College Continues with 'Chopin The Classicist?'

ITHACA, NY — “Chopin the Classicist?” — the third 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, Oct. 19. 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 pianist Jennifer Hayghe and student pianists Michael Gaertner, Elizabeth Leger and John Wysocki will perform four scherzos and a sonata that, though they represent older forms, sound anything but classical.

The remaining performances in the series are listed below.

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 works unlike much of Chopin’s other compositions.

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