Complete Series: 4035
Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
The University Musical Society
Tuesday Evening, January 25, 1977, at 8:30 Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Eroica Variations, Op. 35..........Beethoven
Sonata in Bflat minor, Op. 35..........Chopin
Grave; doppio movimento Scherzo
Marche funebre Presto
Three Preludes, Op. 35............Scriabin
Satanic Poem, Op. 36............Scriabin
Sonata in Bflat minor, Op. 36........Rachmaninoff
(First version--1913) Allegro agitato Non allegro
Allegro molto; presto
Third Concert Debut Recital Series Complete Programs 4035
About the Artist
Michael Ponti's concert appearances in the major musical centers of the world--including New York, London, Tokyo, Berlin, Vienna, Rome, Prague, Sydney, and Athens--have established him as one of the important pianists of our day. Born in 1937, Mr. Ponti studied piano in Washington, D.C. from 1943 to 1955, and then in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1955 to 1961. In the early sixties he won prizes in most of the important international piano competitions including the coveted first prize in the Busoni Competition in Italy in 1964. Soon after that he made a highly successful Vienna debut with five performances of Bartok's Second Piano Concerto, and in 1972 made his New York debut to critical acclaim from both press and public. He now tours the United States annually and, in addition to his regular European concert tours, he has also performed at the Bayreuth and Lucerne festivals.
Mr. Ponti's recording activities are extensive. Since 1968 he has made over sixty records including the complete piano works of Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff. Last season, besides the usual piano literature, he recorded songs of Charles Ives with famed baritone Dietrich FischerDieskau.
Tonight's recital is Mr. Ponti's first appearance in Ann Arbor, and the third concert of the Debut Recital Series.
Royal Winnipeg Ballet.........Saturday & Sunday,
January 29 & 30
Danzas Venezuela.........Wednesday, February 2
Warsaw Quintet (piano and strings).....Thursday, February 3
Jorge Bolet, Pianist..........Saturday, February 5
Haydn: Sonata in Eflat major; Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9; Brahms: Sonata in F minor, Op. 5.
Rajko--Gypsy Orchestra and Dancers.....Sunday, February 6
Leningrad Symphony OrchestraTemirkanov . . . Thursday, February 10 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 15 in Bflat major, K. 450, Eliso Versoladze, Pianist; Shosta?kovich: Symphony No. 7.
Guarneri String Quartet........Saturday, February 19
Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 1 in F major; Op. 74 in Eflat major; Op. 131 in Csharp minor.
Four concerts -April 27, 28, 29, 30
The Philadelphia Orchestra Eugene Ormandy, Conductor The Festival Chorus Jindrich Rohan, Conductor Gary Graffman, Pianist Norman Carol, Violinist
Jerome Hines, Basso Martina Arroyo, Soprano
Wednesday: AllRachmaninoff: "The Isle of the Dead"; Piano Concerto No. 2 (Graffman); Sym?phonic Dances.
Thursday: Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor (Carol) ; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5.
Friday: Smetana: "From Bohemia's Meadows and Groves"; Mussorgsky: Excerpts from Boris Godunov; Boito: Prologue to Mefistofele (Hines and Festival Chorus).
Saturday: Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major; Barber: Andromache's Farewell; Verdi: "Pace, pace, mio Dio" from La Forza del destino (Arroyo) ; Ravel: "Daphnis et Chloe" Suite No. 2.
Series of four concerts: $38, $28, 20, $16, and 12 ; orders now being accepted.
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