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WSHU presents unique live concerts: "Mozart: Hidden In Plain Sight"

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FAIRFIELD, CT – WSHU Public Radio will host the first of a series of live classical music performances entitled “Mozart: Hidden in Plain Sight” on Sunday, January 27, at 4 p.m. The concerts, which feature Grammy-nominated pianist Joshua Pierce and award-winning violinist Andrew Smith, will present the entire series of Mozart’s violin sonatas – some of which are fragments discovered in Mozart’s journals, or pieces that are rarely performed live. Together, they reveal a uniquely personal perspective of Mozart’s journey from wunderkind to icon.

Tickets are $20 for each concert, or $95 for the entire series subscription. All concerts take place at the WSHU Broadcast Center on the campus of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. A complete schedule and tickets are available at wshu.org. The series is generously sponsored by the family of Anita McPherson.

“WSHU’s mission is to present classical music as the vibrant, living art form that it is. These live, intimate performances are made even more special by the prospects of discovering pieces that are seldom played, and of learning something new about Mozart,” says WSHU Music Director Kate Remington.

Mr. Smith, who originated the complete Mozart series with Mr. Pierce, says, “Mozart's violin sonatas have traditionally been neglected in favor of his more famous works. We are honored to take audiences on a journey of discovery, by performing the complete cycle—from the works Mozart wrote at age 7 which were published proudly by his father as Op.1…to the experimental fragments dedicated to his new bride Costanza…to the mature performance sonatas of his final years.”

The program for the January 27 concert includes “The Mannheim Sonatas,” “The Josepha von Aurnhammer Sonatas,” and Sonata fragments in C. The remaining concert dates are as follows: February 24, March 24, April 14, May 19, June 16. All concerts are approximately 90 minutes long and take place on Sundays at 4 p.m.

Joshua Pierce is one of today's most dynamic pianists. His technical mastery has afforded him the ability to move easily from the concerti of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, to the big works of Brahms and from Liszt, Tchaikowsky, and Rachmaninov, to the provocative sounds of John Cage, Charles Ives, and Ivan Wyschnegradsky. His impressive array of reviews draws from a career of performances in the world’s major concert halls. "Joshua Pierce possesses an arsenal of pianistic talents that can astonish the ear and instruct the mind." (Robert D. Cummings, Classical Net).

Andrew Smith's multi-faceted career combines performance, composition and artistic leadership. As an award-winning violinist and champion of contemporary music, Andrew has performed with Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, John Corigliano, David McBride, James Sellars, Peter Seabourne, Jacob TV, Kenji Bunch, David Shol, Paul Brust, Robert Carl, George Benjamin, Hans Werner Henze and Bruce Mahin and others.? As one of the most prolific session musicians of his generation, he can be heard on soundtracks for TV and Film, for Pop, Rock and Jazz and even on leading Gaming platforms such as Xbox, producing albums in multiple genres from classical to rock, pop and film.

*Source: Nielsen National Regional Database Fall 2017, P12+ M-Su 6a-12 midnight

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