Classical Pianist in Concert at Taft

The Taft School Music For A While concert series continues Friday, February 2 with a performance by classical pianist Shaun Tirrell. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in Walker Hall, 50 DeForest Street, in Watertown, CT, on the Taft School campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Tirrell's performances have delighted audiences and critics across the globe. After his solo debut in Bayreuth, Germany, the local newspaper dubbed him a "Hurricane at the Piano," with the critic adding, 'The pianist placed the standards very high, and played like a music machine coded in virtuosity."

Tirrell's past performances include solo recitals at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theatre, Jordan Hall in Boston, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the "Great Hall" in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Alte Aula in Heidelberg, Germany. As a concerto soloist he has appeared with orchestras worldwide including the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Heidelberg's Collegium Musicum (Germany), The Irish National Symphony (Dublin, Ireland), and the St. Petersburg Symphony (Russia). His recital at the National Gallery of Art was filmed by the American Arts Network and his solo CD on the MRC label features the works by Bach, Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff.

Tirrell's program at Taft, "Music, Imagination, Creativity, Truth," will include selections from Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Gershwin, and more.

For more information about this or any Music For A While concerts, visit www.taftschool.org/concerts.