“Composers on the Edge,” a solo piano performance by Laura Kargul, is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Nordica Auditorium at University of Maine Farmington.

Kargul is an internationally recognized pianist who comes from the University of Southern Maine to Nordica to explore the intimate and passionate sides of J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann, and Maurice Ravel.

In this concert she will explore “Composers on the Edge.” Bach wrote his brilliant “Capriccio on the Departure of His Beloved Brother” (a “capriccio” is a caper, or caprice) presumably to send his brother off to war.

Robert Schumann’s passionate Sonata in F-sharp minor is another gift, a display of Schumann’s youthful passion for his beloved Clara Vieck. Ravel’s popular “La Valse” is a rare treat for us; this solo transcription, which appears on Kargul’s latest CD, is infrequently played because of its extreme difficulty.

Kargul is Director of Keyboard Studies at University of Southern Maine, and frequently is guest performer at universities and Maine musical societies. Kargul’s performances are always thrilling — extreme sensitivity and powerful orchestral quality combined with introductions that charm.

The concert is sponsored by the Arts Institute of Western Maine (AIWM), the University of Maine Farmington.

Admission will cost $12 for adults and will be free for thoe younger than 18 and for students.

For more information, visit www.artsinstitute.org.


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