Piano performances tribute Chopin's music

September 17, 2014

Courtesy Lucy Scarbrough

Pianist, Henry Kramer.



Every year, El Paso Community College and the El Paso Chopin Music Festival Society sponsor the El Paso Chopin Music Festival where three award-winning pianists will each perform the music of Frederic Chopin on three different dates.


The three shows of the festival place at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater and is free and open to the public. All concerts start at 7 p.m.


The first concert was already performed by Henry Kramer on Sept. 6, but the festival will have Corbin Beisner perform on Sept. 20. The last performance will be on Oct. 4 and will feature Lucy Scarbrough, founder of the festival.


“A lot of people say El Paso is not a cultured city; that it’s just for sport,” said Lucy Scarbrough.

“That isn’t true. It’s very much of a cultured city and they’re thirsty to hear this kind of music.


“Cultural events here, especially free, are not very prevalent and also every music student should have experienced the great work of Frederic Chopin because he was one of the greatest composers for the piano.” 


This festival was started to expose Chopin’s piano compositions in an accessible setting and to give pianists an opportunity to show their own love of his music.


“The world knows he’s great and we are just showing them what great music is, played by great pianists,” Scarbrough said. “The best thrill is when the audience likes it and when they share it.

“I want the audience to be there to share the great work of Chopin.”


This year, El Paso Chopin Music Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary.


“What’s more important is that they go to the concerts and they will gain understanding of what classical music is, and maybe be inspired, maybe for the children, or to go to other concerts,”

Scarbrough said. “That’s an experience in life that everybody should have.”


Since the festival gets a lot of people, attendees are advised to show up early. 


For more information, call 584-1595 or e-mail chopinfest@sbcglobal.net.

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