Concerto Nos. 6 & 21

Welltower Mozart in the Afternoon

Lourdes University

October 7, 2017

Concert Time: 2:30 pm

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Alain Trudel, conductor
Frances Renzi, piano

Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major*
Mozart – Serenade No. 12 in C Minor
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major “Elvira Madigan”

In our Festival of 88, we highlight the 88 keys of Mozart’s instrument in a new afternoon concert format. Each of the four concerts features one of his most popular concerti, paired with a TSO premiere!

The soloist for this performance is made possible through generous support from James and Sanda Findley and the firm of Findley Davies, in memory of John Stockwell

 *This performance is a Toledo Symphony premiere.


Steinway Artist Frances Renzi has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including those of Toledo, Dallas, and Houston, and at the New Hampshire Music Festival.  She has performed throughout North America, Taiwan, and China, giving recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and the China Conservatory in Beijing.

An extraordinary chamber player, she frequently collaborates with distinguished artists, and is much in demand as a chamber music performer.  She appears regularly as a featured guest artist in the TSO’s The Toledo Blade Chamber Series and also performs each summer at the New Hampshire Music Festival.  She was a founding member of the Toledo Trio at the University of Toledo and performed with them for 27 years.

She has recorded solo and chamber music for Centaur, Educo, Koch International, Musical Heritage Society, Azica, Audite, and Decca/Argo.  Her numerous recordings have won critical acclaim and many awards in Europe and the United States. Her recording of 20th century etudes by American composers Ned Rorem, Vincent Persichetti, and George Perle received enthusiastic reviews.  Fanfare Magazine described her playing as "... absolutely superb ... crystal-like articulation, impeccable rhythmic precision, unflagging energy, and a truly remarkable understanding of these pieces."  Her recording of the chamber music of Paul Schoenfield was nominated for a Grammy.  Her performances as a soloist and chamber musician have been broadcast on radio and television across the nation, including a presentation on National Public Radio's Performance Today.

She was a solo pianist for the New York City Ballet, performing Stravinsky's Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra and Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes and participated in the Stravinsky Festival at Lincoln Center.

A native of Texas, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and her Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where she was a scholarship student of Rosina Lhevinne and Beveridge Webster. An experienced teacher as well as performer, she is Professor Emerita at the University of Toledo. In 2000, she received a commendation from the Ohio Senate honoring her outstanding university career.  

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