2008-02-28 / About Town

Taguchi to perform on community piano

The Jamestown Community Piano Association will present the first concert of the spring season on Sunday, March 2, at 4 p.m. at St. Matthew's church.

Hiroshi Taguchi will perform Franz Liszt's "Benediction of God in Solitude," and Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Sonata No.2." He will be joined by URI Associate Professor Manabu Takasawa for a piano duet performance of Igor Stravinsky's "Three Movements from Petroushka."

Taguchi has appeared at Lincoln Center and the Carnegie- Weil Recital Hall in New York City and performed Bach's Goldberg Variations in Washington D.C. for the commemoration of Bach's 315th birth year. Internationally, he has performed in his native Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Taguchi is visiting Rhode Island from Los Angeles as a guest artist and judge at the URI Piano Extravaganza. The festival, held March 7 through March 9 at the URI Fine Arts Center, features performances by Dr Taguchi as well as by URI faculty and students and an adjudicated competition open to pianists who have not yet entered college. Among the young pianists who Dr. Taguchi will be judging in the competition is Sam Hollister, an eleven-yearold Jamestowner, who received ratings of excellent in last year's Extravaganza and represented Rhode Island in this year's Music Teachers National Association Student Competitions.

The Jamestown Community Piano, purchased by public subscription in November 2001, is a seven-foot Schimmel grand. The Jamestown Community Piano Association is an organization whose purpose is to maintain the piano for use by the community and to present concerts that feature the piano. The concerts are free. Donations for piano maintenance and performance support are appreciated.

For more information, call 423-0515.

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