The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg presents Spanish pianist Pablo Amorós on November 7 as the first of four performances in the Joan Chambers Concert Series. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center (150 Finoli Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601). This event is free and open to the public.
Amorós is in western Pennsylvania to work with Leonardo Balada of Carnegie Mellon University and will perform Balada’s work at the concert. Balada, the composer, is to be in attendance at the performance on November 7. The program, “From Albéniz to Balada: A One Way Piano Journey,” will include Balada’s “Transparency of Chopin’s First Ballade” and “Preludis Obstinants.” Other material to be performed is “Valses Poéticos” by Enrique Granados, “Fantasia Baetica” by Manuel de Falla, and selections from “Iberia” by Isaac Albéniz.
Temperamental, elegant, and charismatic, Amorós brings forth an astonishing originality in his artistic renderings of a piano repertoire that ranges from Bach and Mozart, through Brahms, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff, to Spanish contemporary music. He always looks for a connection between classic and contemporary works. His performance of contemporary music are described as irresistibly spontaneous and uninhibited. His emotional, communicative, and virile style coupled with the ability to create subtle tone colors makes Amorós a great interpreter of the romantic repertoire.
Amorós studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica of Cordoba where he graduated with highest honors. Seeking to improve his musical training, he went to London to work with renowned piano teacher Noretta Conci. In London, he developed an iron will and dedication, practicing up to 14 hours a day in his search for the music ideal. He completed his training in Spain with Alicia de Larrocha and pianist and teacher Cristina Bruno. He also has attended master classes with Jorge Luis Prats, Joaquin Achucarro, Hans Graff, Marcela Crudelli, Walter Krat, and Natalia Troull.
The Joan Chambers Concert Series is made possible the generous support of President Emeritus George F. Chambers, who established the Series in honor of his late wife Joan Chambers. She was an ardent supporter and representative of Pitt‐Greensburg in the community for many years. While her interests were widespread, Mrs. Chambers especially enjoyed participating in book‐discussion groups, attending cultural events, hosting themed luncheons at her home, and spending winters in southwest Florida. The Children’s Literature Collection in Millstein Library, another of her passions, was developed and named in her honor.
The Joan Chambers Concert Series brings local, national, and international artists to the Pitt-Greensburg campus for performances of the highest professional caliber. It regularly brings the Heinz Chapel Choir to the Pitt-Greensburg campus. The Series has featured international opera star Andrew Zimmerman, cello/piano duo Antonio Lysy and Patricia Hoy, the Swara Sonora Trio, thingNY, contralto Emily Marvosh with Greensburg pianist Matt Klumpp, and it has proudly presented some of Pennsylvania's finest ensembles, including Blue Mile Jazz and the Penn State Chamber Singers.