Art Force Piano Series welcomes forgotten masterpieces from Central Europe

The Art Force Piano series features Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski as the featured pianist at a concert in Amarillo this week, playing “Forgotten Masterpieces of Central European Piano Music.”

“I think it’s important to hear and continue to hear the lesser known composers, because it’s always great music. Just because they don’t have a globally recognized name doesn’t mean the music cannot move you and influence you,” said Dr. Bruce Lin, artistic director of the concert series and director of piano at Amarillo College.

The concert, the fourth of five in the year-long concert series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 at the Concert Hall Theater on AC’s Washington Street campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Dobrzanski’s program will feature the music of three long-forgotten Romantic composers from Central and Eastern Europe. The first female composer is Maria Szymanowska (1789-1831), the first woman in history to become a virtuoso pianist and professional composer.

“She was a pioneer as the first woman to become a composer, and later her work influenced Chopin, the famous Polish composer. … You can see each other’s influences and hear Chopin in all the composers, “said Dobrzanski.

pieces of music by Anton de Kontski (1816-1899), a great friend of Frédéric Chopin who undertook a major concert tour around the world; and Karoly Agghazy (1855-1918), considered Franz Liszt’s most accomplished Hungarian pupil; will also be featured in Dobrzanski’s program.

Dobrzanski is a soloist and chamber musician who has performed in over 20 countries on four continents. He is currently a professor of music at Kansas State University.

The star pianist spoke about his goal of spreading music through lesser-known or forgotten composers.

“These composers, their music is a bit obscure, but that’s kind of the point of my concert, to start a debate about what makes good music, because I think you don’t have to be a composer famous for being good,” says Dobrzanski.

Following this concert, the Art Force Piano series will conclude with “Beethoven 250,” performed Tuesday, April 5 at Amarillo College by David Palmer, Artistic Director of Chamber Music Amarillo.