Internationally recognized pianist to perform at USD The University of South Dakota is honored to host internationally recognized pianist Angela Hewitt as this year's featured artist in the Rawlins Fall Visiting Artist Series.
Hewitt will play a solo recital and offer a master class in November 2004. The recital will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, in Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. The master class will be held in the same location on Friday, Nov. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
Hewitt's recently released CD, the six English Suites, is quickly becoming a bestseller. In 2001 her disc of Bach arrangements won a Juno Award in Canada for the Best Instrumental or Chamber CD. In 2000, she gave complete performances of the 48 Preludes and Fugues in Canada, the United States, England, and Germany. She has performed throughout North America and Europe, as well as in Japan, Australia, China, Mexico and the former Soviet Union.
Hewitt is described as "the pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time," (The Guardian, London, 2001) and "nothing less than the pianist who will define Bach performance on the piano for years to come," (Stereophile, 1998). In 1994 she embarked on a 10-year project to record all of the major keyboard works by Bach for the Hyperion label, a series which has been called "one of the record glories of our age" by London's Sunday Times. The Inventions, French Suites, Partitas, Toccatas, the complete Well-Tempered Clavier, and the Goldberg Variations are receiving worldwide acclaim for their artistry, "effortlessly eclipsing all competitors (Gramophone 1997)."
The Rawlins Fall Visiting Artist Series at The University of South Dakota is an annual event, bringing in world-renowned concert pianists to perform and work in master classes with university piano students and potential piano majors. Made possible by a generous gift from Mrs. R.E. Rawlins of Balboa Beach, CA, the Rawlins Series is the only ongoing piano recital series of its kind in the state of South Dakota.