Pianist Brian Ganz and his St. Mary’s College of Maryland students will offer concerts on December 7, 8 and 9th including The Planets by Gustav Holst. (Photo Credit: Carl Deutsch)

ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – The second week of December will be a busy one for lovers of piano music in the St. Mary’s College of MD community, with three free concerts. The music department will present students of Brian Ganz in their end of the semester recital of solo piano music on Tuesday, December 7 at 8pm in Room 25 of Montgomery Hall on the college campus. The recital will feature music of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and others. On the following day, Wednesday, December 8 at 3pm and also in Room 25 of Montgomery Hall, Ganz will offer his final PianoTalk of the semester. He will perform and discuss the beloved Pathétique Sonata of Beethoven and works by Debussy and Ravel. Finally, on the following day, Thursday, December 9 at 12 noon, Ganz will join his students in a recital of collaborative works for multiple pianists and for voice and piano, including several movements of Gustav Holst’s great orchestral work The Planets arranged for 2 pianos by the composer himself. This recital will also take place in Room 25 of Montgomery Hall. All 3 concerts are free and open to all who are fully vaccinated for Covid-19. The public is requested to note the times of the 3 concerts carefully. For more information call (240) 895-4498 or visit http://bit.ly/2YCPDKS

Note that Ganz usually performs in St. Mary’s Hall, but all these performances will take place in Room 25 of Montgomery Hall. Also, off-campus visitors must be able to present proof of vaccination upon request by College officials when attending indoor events. If campus visitors are not vaccinated or cannot show proof of vaccination, they must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival to campus. Face coverings must be always worn indoors.

“I’m very excited about this upcoming week of concerts,” pianist Ganz said. “The students have worked hard over the past 20 months but have had very little opportunity to perform live. That makes every piece, every phrase and even every note a little more meaningful, a little more special. For example, Holst’s The Planets is one of my very favorite works for orchestra. I think the students feel the same, and we were thrilled to discover the version for 2 pianos and very eager to learn it together. And there will be much, much more!”