Wednesday, February 5, 2014

‘The last romantic’

Audiences will want to accept this Rose

Express Staff Writer

Pianist Jerome Rose has wowed audiences all over North America and Europe.
Courtesy photo

    Pianist Jerome Rose, hailed as “the last romantic of our own age,” will perform selections from Brahms, Schubert and Chopin on Saturday, Feb. 8, as part of the Sun Valley Artist Series.
    Rose will perform solo on a Steinway 9-foot concert grand piano at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum.
    He will meet with the audience in an informal interview hosted by the organization’s Artistic Director Susan Spelius Gannon at 6:15 p.m. The performance will begin at 7 p.m.
    Rose is one of America’s most distinguished pianists.
    “I heard Jerome Rose perform in New York last summer at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival,” Gannon said. “There were over 25 professional pianists from all over the world performing at the festival.  Being a pianist myself, I was in heaven. We are very excited to be presenting a pianist of his stature here in our Wood River Valley.”
    Rose’s biography says he has been heard in major concert halls across five continents. He has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, the London Philharmonic, London Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic.
     In addition, he has played as a soloist with most major U.S. orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and the Houston, Baltimore and Atlanta symphonies.
    Rose was a pupil of Adolph Baller when, at the age of 15, he debuted with the San Francisco Symphony. A graduate of the Mannes College and the Juilliard School of Music, he studied with Leonard Shure and Rudolf Serkin at the Marlboro Music School.
    In 1961, he was a winner of the Concert Artists Guild award and was also a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna. He is on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music and is founder/director of the International Keyboard Institute & Festival held every summer in New York City. Rose’s performances at the festival have been recorded by WFMT Chicago and NPR for worldwide radio broadcast.
    Rose has served on the faculties at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, the Tel-Hai Festival in Israel, the Duszniki Chopin Festival and the Salzburg Mozarteum, and he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the State University of New York for his lifetime achievement in music.
    Of his soon-to-be-unforgettable performance in Ketchum, Gannon said, “Jerome will be playing a repertoire that will warm anyone’s heart and soul—Schubert, Brahms and Chopin.”   
        Tickets are on sale online at Ketchum bookstores and online at Adult tickets are $24 and student tickets are $10.  Music students, music teachers and those with financial need who wish to attend will be admitted free (please call ahead for reservations).
    For more information about the Sun Valley Artist Series, details of its educational programs, recital/lectures, master classes, workshops, pre-concert talks and piano seminars, or to check concert times and purchase tickets, visit or call 725-5807.

- “They Came to Play,” film series. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m. at the Community Library, Ketchum. Free.
- David Requiro on cello, Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m., Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum. $24/$10.
- Sun Valley Artist Series Piano Festival, April 11-13.
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