Grigorios Zamparas has received critical acclaim during his versatile performing career as recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician. This concert features works by Bach, Debussy, Liszt and Ravel.
(Sarasota, Florida) The Sarasota Concert Association is pleased to present pianist Grigorios Zamparas in a Munchtime Musicales performance, Wednesday, November 20, 2013, noon, in David Cohen Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information about Munchtime Musicales, call 941-351-7467, or visit http://scasarasota.org/munchtime.htm.
Grigorios Zamparas has received critical acclaim as a recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician in Greece, Bulgaria, the former Yugoslavia, Russia, Latin America, South Korea and the United States. He is a frequent guest at numerous festivals worldwide, having performed several times at the prestigious Newport Music Festival (Newport, RI), the Mainly Mozart Festival (Miami, FL), the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, and The Salon of the Arts (Sofia, Bulgaria), among others. He has been featured as a soloist in more than 20 different piano concerti with orchestras such as the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra (Brazil), Indiana University Symphony Orchestra, Boston Neo-politan Chamber Orchestra, Togliatti Philharmonics Symphony Orchestra (Russia), the Sofia Soloists (Bulgaria) and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic).
Zamparas is assistant professor of music at The University of Tampa, where he oversees the piano program. He is also the pianist with the Trio de Minaret, a chamber music ensemble in residence at the university. Zamparas began studying music at the age of seven in Greece, where he received his first piano degree from the Lamia Conservatory in 1995, studying with the distinguished Greek pedagogue Yorgos Manessis. He holds a DMA degree from the University of Miami where he studied with pianist Ivan Davis. Zamparas also has degrees from Indiana University (MM), and the University of Indianapolis (BM). His recordings have been released by Centaur Records.
Zamparas’s Munchtime Musicales program will feature the Busoni transcription of J. S. Bach’s Organ Toccata in C Major, BWV 564 Debussy’s Prélude from “Pour le piano”; Ravel’s Toccata from “Le tombeau de Couperin”; and several selections by Franz Liszt.
Munchtime Musicales is a series of free concerts featuring performances by high-caliber, area-based artists. The series is designed to offer a wide variety of musical styles, including classical, folk, and jazz, featuring both vocal and instrumental performers. The 2013-2014 concert season continues with Bill Schustik, the “American Troubadour,” a well-known folk singer with a keen sense of drama, who performs on a colorful array of folk instruments, and who has a deep interest in traditional American lore (December 11, 2013); the Jerry Eckert Jazz Trio, a perennial favorite among area jazz enthusiasts (January 15, 2014); Lee Dougherty Ross and Joe Holt, performing a program of piano duets that will include works by Mozart, Schumann, Fauré, Grieg, Bizet, Joplin, and others (February 19, 2014); Studio Artists from the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota’s ambassadors of opera who often cover principal roles and bring opera to communities well beyond the walls of the Opera House (March 19, 2104); and the Gloria Musicae Singers, Sarasota’s professional vocal ensemble known for stimulating performances of great choral music that both educate and entertain (April 16, 2014).
All performances are at noon at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The series is free and open to the public. Seating is open; there are no reservations. For information about Munchtime Musicales, call 941-351-7467 or visit http://scasarasota.org/munchtime.htm.
SCA’s 2013 “Great Performers Series” features the renowned Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin (January 6, 2014); the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio with violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama (January 27, 2014); the East Coast Chamber Orchestra in a rare Florida appearance (February 5, 2014); Russia’s historic St. Petersburg Philharmonic, with conductor Nikolai Alexeev and pianist Denis Kozhukhin (February 19, 2014); and the Detroit Symphony with conductor Leonard Slatkin and piano sensation Olga Kern (March 3, 2014).
Great Performers Series concerts begin at 8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. Subscription memberships for SCA’s five-concert series are $255, $225, $185 and $145. Individual tickets go on sale in November 1. Subscriptions and information are available by calling 941-955-0040 or visiting www.scasarasota.org.
About the Sarasota Concert Association
The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) exists to foster the development of an appreciation for the musical arts by sponsoring professional presentations that are not otherwise available in the community, through a not-for-profit, organized-audience plan. SCA aims to set the fee for all performances as reasonably as possible, in order to make the concerts available to as much of the community as possible. The organization is not designed to make a profit but does intend to be self-supporting. It provides outreach to all members of the regional community by offering a series of free concerts, Munchtime Musicales. For more information about SCA, visit www.scasarasota.org.