Dr. Alex Wasserman, Reinhardt University’s artist-in-residence at the School of Performing Arts, gave the audience at the Falany Performing Arts Center Monday night a surprise by performing with a few Atlanta Symphony Orchestra members.
“I really appreciated the first section of the first part before the intermission. The musicians played well together,” freshman Music Education major, Daniel Ware, said.
Wasserman performed on the piano, Anastasia Agapova played the violin, Jessica Oudin played the viola, Brad Ritchie played the cello and Colin Corner played brass.
The performance took place Jan. 23.
The following pieces were performed: Quintet in A Major D. 667 “Trout” composed by Franz Schubert, consisting of the following five movements: Allegro vivace, Andante, Scherzo: Presto, Andantino-Allegretto and Allegro giusto, Suite Bergamasque composed by Claude Debussy, consisting of the following four movements: Prélude, Menuet, Clair de lune and Passepied and Sonata in B Minor composed by Franz Liszt.
The first half of the performance included both Wasserman and members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Wasserman returned to the stage after intermission to perform on the piano.
“His command of the piano is something that I haven’t seen. He has amazing talent,” Reinhardt student, Daniel Ware goes on to say.
The audience seemed to be engrossed throughout the entire performance.
Wasserman has recently been named Artist-in-Residence at the Reinhardt University School of Performing Arts. He has also taught music classes at RU. In addition he is the Artistic Director and founder of the Reinhardt Piano Festival and Academy, which is a one-week piano festival that occurs at Reinhardt University during the summer.
More information about Dr. Alex Wasserman can be found at his official website.
Written By: Kelly Kipfer. Photo Credit: Kelly Kipfer