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Renowned Pianist to Play Beethoven's Sonatas

December 15, 2011

Peter Henderson, one of the finest pianists in the metropolitan area, will play all 32 of Beethoven’s sonatas over the course of four days in concert -- Thursday, Dec. 15 through Sunday, Dec. 18 -- at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park’s Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts, 5600 Oakland Ave.

Peter Henderson headshot  
Peter Henderson

Henderson, who teaches at Maryville University and is in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, will play 105 movements, about half of them from memory. The house lights will be up, so musicians are encouraged to bring their Beethoven scores with them. The concerts are free and open to the public.

"Please join us in hearing some of the greatest music ever written. Additionally, you’ll be helping to encourage Peter as he checks this item of his ‘Bucket List,” said Thomas Zirkle, associate professor and music coordinator at STLCC-Forest Park.

The schedule is as follows:
Concert 1: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-4, 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15
Concert 2: Piano Sonatas Nos. 5-8, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16
Concert 3: Piano Sonatas Nos. 19-20, 9-11, noon Saturday, Dec. 17
Concert 4: Piano Sonatas Nos. 12-15, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17
Concert 5: Piano Sonatas Nos. 16-18, and 21, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17
Concert 6: Piano Sonatas Nos. 22-26, noon Sunday, Dec. 18
Concert 7: Piano Sonatas Nos. 27-29, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18
Concert 8: Piano Sonatas Nos. 30-32, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18

For more information, contact Zirkle at: 314-644-9679 or tzirkle@stlcc.edu.