Classical pianist and Swiss photographer team up for the Ford Center Show


Classical pianist Andreas Klein will perform works by various composers on Thursday (November 4) at the Ford Center, accompanied by lighting effects and projections of photographs by Andreas Rentsch. Photo courtesy of Gemmy Woud Binnedijk

OXFORD, Mississippi – Classical pianist Andreas Klein and Swiss fine art photographer Andreas Rentsch will perform together Thursday (November 4) at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi.

As part of the Artists Series, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. During the first half, Klein will play a partita by Bach, a ballad by Chopin and a sonata by Beethoven, all embellished with lights and projections. After the intermission, several photographs of Rentsch will be projected on stage while Klein performs Piano Sonata No. 7 by Sergei Prokoffiev.

The next day (November 5), Klein will host a master class with some UM music students at the Ford Center. Rentsch will also be giving a lecture to art students in Meek Hall, room 120. Both events start at 10:30 am and are free and open to the public.

Swiss fine art photographer Andreas Rentsch has collaborated with pianist Andreas Klein on a variety of projects. Submitted photo

“Both Mr. Klein and Mr. Rentsch are internationally renowned artists,” said Katie Meacham, Ford Center Marketing Director. “They bring a wealth of artistic and professional experiences to share with students. From developing their artistic talent to learning for a professional career, they have a lot to share with our students.

During his talk, Rentsch will discuss various projects he is involved in and his collaboration with Klein. A question-and-answer session follows the discussion and several Ole Miss students will participate in portfolio reviews.

“I hope the students attending the show learn and see why collaboration is so important to the creative process,” said Brooke White, art professor at UM. “Anytime students have the opportunity to hear an artist talk about their work and share their ideas and concepts with us, it opens a door into their creative process and allows us to ask questions we wouldn’t have. maybe never thought otherwise. “

The Ford Center follows university guidelines, so all members of the public must be masked inside the facility, Aubrey said. The center also brought back the COVID protocols behind the scenes.

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