Debussy Festival 2012 Features Renowned French Pianist Jean-Louis Haguenauer of IU

The four Georgetown College Music Performance majors who will play in Sunday’s final piano recital portion of the Debussy Festival are from left to right: Chelsea Brown, a junior from Albany; Genee Johns, a junior from Rush, KY; Katy Simpson, a freshman from Georgetown; and Meredith Rigby, a senior from Richmond. Seated is the College’s Mami Hayashida, their piano instructor and festival organizer.

Georgetown, KY – For Georgetown College Music professor Mami Hayashida, this weekend’s Debussy Festival 2012 is so much more than celebrating the 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth.

Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Professor of Piano at Indiana’s Jacobs School of Music

First, featured artist Jean-Louis Haguenauer, her applied piano professor when she was getting her Master’s at Indiana University, will be playing a solo recital Saturday (Nov. 17) at 8 p.m. Second, Hayashida (coordinator of the festival) and Haguenauer – a native of France “known for his insightful interpretation of French piano music” – will play piano duets (pieces written for two pianists on one piano) during the final recital Sunday (Nov. 18) at 1:30 p.m. Both events are in John L. Hill Chapel; see ticket information below.

If that isn’t heady enough, Hayashida’s four Music Performance majors (with piano emphasis) will be in the Sunday spotlight, too – as well as six of her middle- and high-school piano students from across the state.

Hayashida is also excited that Haguenauer, Professor of Piano at IU’s Jacobs School of Music, will participate in the masterclasses during the Debussy Festival.

Hayashida said, “I am grateful that he has agreed to come to Georgetown to perform, teach, and talk to students here especially considering how busy he is as a performer and teacher.”

Tickets for the Debussy Festival recitals, part of the “Noteworthy Concert Series,” are:

Saturday  at 8 p.m. — Jean-Louis Haguenauer Solo Piano Recital, $20 general admission at the door; $15 students and seniors, $10 GC staff/faculty and students.

Sunday at 1:30 p.m.  – Final Recital featuring Debussy Festival 2012 participants and artist teachers, $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors, free to GC staff/faculty and students.



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