As the Frederick J. Whiton Professor of Music at Cornell, Bilson directs keyboard studies in 18th Century historical performance practice. For over two decades, he has been in the forefront of the period instrument movement. Performing on replicas and original five-octave late 18th Century pianos, he sparked the return of the fortepiano to the concert stage. He has presented Schubert evenings in New York and Europe, and has toured extensively with major early instrument orchestras. He will perform Sonata in A Major, Opus 120, Impromptu in G-flat Major, Opus 90 #3, Impromptu in A-flat Major, Opus 90 #4; and Sonata in A minor, Opus 42.
The Syracuse Symphony, under the direction of Fabio Mechetti, will perform Schubert's Symphony No. 4 in C minor (The Tragic Symphony) and Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra. Their concert is the final performance in the 1996-1997 Music at Hamilton Artist Series.
The weekend will also include a symposium, Schubert: His Songs and His Time, on Friday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m in room 108 of the Schambach Center. Symposium panelists include Robert Hopkins, professor of music; Edgar Graves, the Alfred H. Kelly Professor of History; and Joseph Malloy, professor of German. Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information call the Hamilton Department of Music at 315 859-4331.
Editors please note the corrected time of the Syracuse Symphony performance.