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Pianist Bryan Wallick opens EPPM season in Las Cruces

Leora Zeitlin

If you think classical music is only performed in concert halls, think again. One of the goals of El Paso Pro Music and its Grammy Award-winning artistic director Zuill Bailey is to bring concerts into a variety of venues to make classical music as accessible as possible. To that end, the opening concert of the season will feature pianist Bryan Wallick in a recital amidst the art work  at the Dona Ana Arts Center Gallery in Mesilla on Monday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

EPPM executive director Felipa Solis told KRWG's Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin that they’re using new venues to make the concerts “that much more intimate, more exciting, and more engaging, so the audience can truly meet the artists, feel what they’re feeling, and the audience and the artists can share so much more.”  Wallick, who was the Gold Medalist at the 1997 Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition and has since performed around the world, will perform works by Cesar Franck, Johannes Brahms, Samuel Barber and Franz Liszt in the concert. Solis said Bailey met Wallick while performing in South Africa.  “That’s when Zuill realized what an incredible pianist Bryan is,” she added. Wallick will also perform at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Listen here to learn more about Bryan Wallick and the full season of EPPM artists, including the Bergamot and Catalyst String Quartets, pianist Matt Herskowitz, cellist Lynn Harrell, and a March concert with Itzhak Perlman.

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