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Pianist Brendel to address 'Character in Music'

Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, 8 p.m. Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Renowned pianist Alfred Brendel will speak on "Character in Music" and perform musical examples to accompany his talk at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. All tickets have been distributed for this event, but there will be a wait line at Richardson and unclaimed tickets will be made available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Born in 1931 in Wiesenberg, Moravia, now part of the Czech Republic, Brendel is known as one of the great modern musicians. Considering himself largely self-taught, Brendel launched his career in 1949 when he won the Busoni Piano Competition in Italy. He is one of only three pianists named an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic and has performed with almost every major orchestra and conductor in the world. Brendel is well known for his interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bach, Haydn, Brahms, Liszt and Schoenberg. His final concert before retiring as a performer took place in December 2008 with the Vienna Philharmonic.

Currently, Brendel is touring North America to lecture and lead residencies at universities and conservatories. His books include "Alfred Brendel on Music" and two volumes of poetry.

The talk is sponsored by the Spencer Trask Fund of the University Public Lecture Series, the Lewis Center for the Arts, the departments of music and German, and Princeton University Concerts.

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