Howland Opens Piano Festival on Jan. 10

Gilles Vonsattel will perform Beethoven, Debussy and others

The first concert of the 2016 Howland Chamber Music Circle’s annual piano festival, scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, will feature a return engagement by Gilles Vonsattel, winner of the 2002 Naumburg International Piano Competition and an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Gilles Vonsattel (photo provided)

Gilles Vonsattel (photo provided)

For his concert, which will be held at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, Vonsattel has chosen to play Six Bagatelles, Op. 126 by Beethoven, Shadow Lines by British composer George Benjamin, selections from the Preludes by Olivier Messiaen, and works by Claude Debussy, including his Suite Bergamasque.

The performance will be followed by a reception to meet the artist.

Subsequent performances in the series will feature Blair McMillan on Feb. 14, Lise De La Salle on Feb. 28 and Charlie Albright on April 3.

Tickets can be reserved at or by calling 845-765-3012. Tickets are $30 ($10 for students) or subscriptions are available to three concerts for $80 and all four concerts for $110.

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