Watkins' recital previews future CD
By Cheryl Anderson Brown
Professor of Piano David Watkins will present his popular annual faculty recital at 8 p.m. on Jan. 11. Although local audiences enjoy the opportunity to hear him perform, this concert has three very special attributes to make the 2008 recital even more attractive. First, it will be performed in the acoustically stellar concert hall of the new Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center, named by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of Atlanta's leading arts venues. Second, he will play the new Mary Elizabeth Bailey Steinway piano which he personally helped select at the Steinway & Sons factory last fall. Third, he will present David Burge's Sonata No. 2 for Piano, which will be recorded for his upcoming CD. The recording from the Jan. 11 recital will likely be heard later on WABE radio.
"I'm very excited about the sonata," Watkins said. "This is the first time I will perform it publically." Watkins has been working with the composer, David Burge, a Grammy-nominated pianist and composer, to prepare the piece.
Other pieces on the recital, Liszt's transcription of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in a minor for Organ; three works by Chopin and two etudes by Rachmaninoff. Click here to download the program.
There is no admission fee. For more information, call 770-423-6650.