St. Mary’s College of Maryland musician-in-residence Brian Ganz will continue the 2014-15 Arthur and Alice Fleury Zamanakos free noon concert season on Thursday, Oct. 16, in Auerbach Auditorium, St. Mary’s Hall, with a program of works by Frédéric Chopin. The program, which resumes his popular “Chopin Discoveries” series, will include familiar and beloved works by the great Romantic composer alongside lesser known and rarely heard works. For further information call (240) 895-4498 or visit the college website at www.smcm.edu/music/concert_schedule.html. The program is free and open to the public.

“So many of the classical music world’s ‘Top 40’ are by Chopin, that it can be quite a revelation to hear his lesser known works,” said Ganz, who is engaged in a ten-year project to perform the composer’s complete works at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. “On this program I’ll play a couple of highly familiar waltzes, including the so-called ‘Minute Waltz,’ alongside some mazurkas that are rarely played. I’ll also play a Polonaise that is not often heard, the F-sharp minor, Op. 44. It contains a mazurka interlude, and is the only work of Chopin that combines both of the Polish dances he loved to compose. I’ll finish with the rousing Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise.”

Ganz began his “Extreme Chopin” quest to perform all of Frédéric Chopin’s works three and a half years ago. His sold out recital at the Music Center at Strathmore launched Ganz’s ambitious endeavor to perform the approximately 250 works of Chopin over the next decade.  The next concerts in the series will take place at Strathmore on Feb. 7 and 8, 2015.

Ganz has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Baltimore and the National Symphonies, the City of London Sinfonia, and L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. He has performed in many of the world’s major concert halls and has played under the baton of such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, Jerzy Semkow and Yoel Levi.  A critic for La Libre Belgique wrote of Ganz’s work: “We don’t have the words to speak of this fabulous musician who lives music with a generous urgency and brings his public into a state of intense joy.”