The Art Force Piano Series is presenting Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski as the featured pianist during 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 still good music. Just because they do not have a world recognized name doesn't mean that the music can't move and influence you," said Dr. Bruce Lin, artistic director for the concert series and director of piano at Amarillo College.
The concert, the fourth of five in the yearlong concert series, is at 7:30 p.m. 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 music of three long-forgotten romantic composers from Eastern and Central Europe. The first composer is Maria Szymanowska (1789-1831), the first woman in history to become a professional virtuoso pianist and composer.
"She was a pioneer as the first woman to become a composer, and later on, her work influenced Chopin, the well-known Polish composer. ... You can see the influences of one another and hear Chopin in all of the composers," Dobrzanski said.
Music pieces from Anton de Kontski (1816-1899), a noted friend of Frédéric Chopin who undertook a grand concert tour around the world; and Karoly Agghazy (1855-1918), considered the most accomplished Hungarian student of Franz Liszt; will also be featured in Dobrzanski's program.
Dobrzanski is a soloist and chamber musician who has performed in more than 20 countries on four continents. He is currently a professor of music at Kansas State University.
The featured pianist spoke about his goal to spread music through lesser-known or forgotten composers.
"These composers, their music is kind of obscure, but that is kind of the goal of my concert, to start a debate on what makes good music, because I believe it doesn't have to be a famous composer to be good," Dobrzanski said.
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.
This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: Art Force Piano Series hosts Forgotten Masterpieces of Central Europe