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Release date:
Nov. 6, 2001
Contact: Deb Hammacher, Associate Director, 404-727-0644, or

Emory Pianist Performs Third Concert Nov. 16 in the Complete Series of Piano Sonatas by Beethoven

WHO: Pianist William Ransom with guest lecturer Bill McGlaughlin, host of Minnesota Public Radio’s "St. Paul Sunday."
WHAT: Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas for Piano
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 16; Pre-concert lecture 7:15 p.m., concert 8:15 p.m.
WHERE: Emory Performing Arts Studio, 1804 N. Decatur Rd., Emory.
COST: $15 general admission. Ticket price includes pre-concert lecture. 404-727-5050 or send e-mail to
PROGRAM: No. 25, in G Major, Op. 79 (1809);
No. 21, in C Major, Op. 53 ("Waldstein"–1804);
No. 30, in E Major, Op. 109 (1820);
No. 23, in F minor, Op. 57 ("Appassionata"–1805)
Pre-concert lecture by Bill McGlaughlin, host of

Music at Emory and the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta continue their presentation of the entire cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas in eight recitals by noted pianists from around the world with the Nov. 16 recital by William Ransom. The pianists are dividing the set, each performing four sonatas, in Emory's Performing Arts Studio. Each concert is preceded by a lecture setting that evening’s program in the context of Beethoven’s life and career. General admission tickets are $15 each. For information or to order tickets, call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or send e-mail to

Created over the span of his lifetime (1770-1827), Beethoven’s sonatas for piano include some of his earliest and some of his last works. "The 32 pieces express the joy and suffering, sensuality and spirituality that make Beethoven one of the most enduring and popular composers of all time," says Ransom, the series organizer as well as the Mary Emerson Professor of Music and artistic director of the Emory Chamber Music Society.

Having eight different artists perform the cycle will provide different perspectives on the body of music, says Ransom. "This is one of the most exciting projects I have been involved in, and I am thrilled to be able to put it together for Atlanta."

Ransom has performed around the world in recital, as soloist with orchestras, and as chamber musician. He studied piano with William Masselos at the Juilliard School and also hasworked with Theodore Lettvin and Gaby Casadesus. He has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis and members of the Tokyo, Cleveland and Lark string quartets. He had his Carnegie Hall debut in the spring with poet John Stone. Ransom also serves as artistic director of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival in Highlands, N.C., and faculty member of the Kamisaibara Pianists Camp in Japan.

The series is sponsored by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and the Steinway Piano Galleries. The performances are being recorded for future broadcast on WABE.


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