Saturday concert to feature pianist

Peabody faculty member to perform works of Bach, Granados, Liszt, others

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March 30, 2000|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will present the second event in its 1999-2000 season this weekend.

Pianist Michael Adcock, a Virginia native who is a member of the Theory and Chamber Music faculties at Baltimore's Peabody Institute, will perform works by Bach, Granados, Mompou, Villa-Lobos and Liszt, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Adcock, a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and a student of Leon Fleisher and Ellen Mack at Peabody, was the winner of the Lili Boulanger Memorial Award in 1998 and made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut that year. During two years as artist in residence at Aspen Institute on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Adcock became interested in lecturing on the music he performs.

As a result, his concerts, many believe, are edifying experiences, aesthetically and educationally. His performances have been heard frequently on classical radio, especially on the "McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase" on WQXR in New York City.

During the summer, Adcock is on the faculties of the Musicorda Festival in Massachusetts and the Sarasota Festival in Florida.

On Saturday, Adcock will play a diverse program of music showcasing a variety of eras, pianistic traditions and ethnic styles.

He begins with one of the extraordinary "French Suites" of J. S. Bach in which the keyboard becomes the dance floor on which the elegant courtly dances of the Baroque era -- the Allemandes, Courantes, Sarabandes, Gigues and Minuets -- are brought to life.

For a bit of Latin flair, Adcock provides the "Escenas Romanticas" (Romantic Scenes) by Spain's Enrique Granados, and "O Polichinelo" by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazil's greatest composer of the 20th century.

He also gives us a sampling of piano music by Federico Mompou (1893-1987), the Catalan composer who split his career between Paris and his native Barcelona, Spain.

His works, championed by Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha, are redolent of Spanish music and the French impressionism of Debussy and Ravel.

For devotees of the fire-breathing pianism of the Romantic era, Adcock finishes with a set of waltzes by Franz Liszt.

The UUCC Concert Series, begun in 1991, adopts a casual concert style, complete with informative and entertaining com- mentaries from the artist.

The UUCC program will take place at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Advance sale tickets are $10; $8 for students. Tickets are $2 more if purchased at the door. Information: 410-381-0097.

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