EPCC's Chopin Piano Festival in full swing

September 15, 2015

Local piano enthusiast will have two more chances to experience a classical music filled evening.
The 21st annual El Paso Chopin Piano Festival is taking place at the Chamizal National Memorial Theater Sept. 26 and Oct. 10.


The festival consists of three separate concerts being held throughout the fall semester, highlighting the classic musical compositions of composer Frédéric Chopin.


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Josh Wright will be performing at the

Chamizal National Theater on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

Each concert will feature performances from award-winning pianists. 

Performers include Eric Lu, considered one of the finest pianists of our generation and winner of the National Chopin Piano Composition of the United States; John Wright, a Billboard number one artist and finalist of the National Chopin Piano Composition of the United States; and Lucy Scarbrough, a highly respected performer, composer, and EPCC teacher. 

Scarbrough founded the Chopin Festival in 1978, and is currently its President and Artistic Director.
“Each of the performers we’ve been lucky enough to feature at our festival have made their professional marks in the musical world and we couldn’t be more proud to host them for this special celebration.” said Jim Heiney, EPCC Marketing Specialist. “We hope students will take advantage of this occasion and attend this prestigious event honoring an influential member of musical history.”

A child prodigy, Frédéric Chopin was born in Warsaw in 1810 and settled in Paris at age 21 where he supported himself by selling his compositions and teaching piano.

 All of his known compositions include the piano and became famous for their demanding technical style and unique nuances. 


Chopin’s innovations in musical arrangement and harmony made him incredibly influential throughout the Romantic Era. Still critically referred to as a musical genius, Chopin remains very popular and is regularly performed, recorded, and broadcast worldwide. 


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Lucy Scarbrough will be performing at the

Chamizal National Theater on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.

Over 80 societies devoted to the composer have been founded to maintain his legacy.
“It’s really great that EPCC gives students the opportunity to learn from these events.


It’s so important to enrich the brain not just academically, but artistically as well.” said Mariana Briseño, a sophomore Art Major at Valle Verde. “Music is a key fundamental in expanding that creative part of our minds and I’m grateful for this free opportunity to do so.”The first concert took place Sept 12 and featured Eric Lu.The second on Sept. 26 which will feature Wright, and the last on Saturday, October 10 and will showcase Scarbrough.


All concerts start at 7 p.m. and admission is free. Preferably no infants or small children should attend, however ages 6 and up are welcome.


Be advised to arrive a half-hour early as the festival is standing room only.“Attendees are encouraged to show their support to this non-profit organization by donating what they can to ensure the festival will continue on for years to come,” said Heiney. “The artists will also be selling their CDs and merchandise at the festival to those interested.”For more information call (915) 584-1595.


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