Ives Concert Hall, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: (203) 837-8350.
World renowned Belgian composer and pianist Piet Swerts will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the WestConn Midtown campus. The WCSU School of Visual and Performing Arts and Keyboard Club welcome Piet Swerts for a performance of "Ten Enigmatic Waltzes for Piano" commissioned by Russell Hirshfield, the worl premier of "The Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano" commissioned by Dan Goble and Russell Hirshfield, and the U.S. premiere of Piano Concerto No. 6 "Indian Summer" with the composer at the piano. Swerts has conducted and performed as a soloist in venues in China, the U.S., Venezuela and France. A graduate of the Lemmens Institute in Belgium where he won numerous prizes, Swerts has written more than 200 compositions. He won the 1993 Queen Elizabeth Composition Prize for his violin concerto, "Zodiac." The CD of his clarinet quintet, Phaedra 92045, was honored by Radio Klara as the best Flemish music production of 2006, and also won the Belgian music press's 2007 Prize Snepvangers. For tickets and information, call (203) 837-8350 or visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/Piet-Swerts.pdf. Cost: $15/$10 for general public. Mr. Swerts will lead a pre-concert lecture and musical preview at noon the previous day, October 31, free and open to the public.