Piano Concert to be Transportive to Another Time




Evan Mitchell, pianist

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Mount Vernon Music (MVM) hosts pianist Evan Mitchell on Saturday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. in a concert of music by Beethoven and Austrian composer Josef Labor.

Titled “Ludwig’s Genius,” the program pairs Labor’s Quintet for piano and strings with Beethoven’s storied Piano Concerto No. 4. The audience will relive the birth of this ground-breaking masterpiece which amazed listeners when it was first heard.

Tickets are $10 for MVM members, $20 for non-members, and $5 for college students with valid ID. Children's admission through high school is free. (8th grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult ticketholder.)

The performance occurs at 402 Yates Street, Mount Vernon, Texas. For more information, visit www.mountvernonmusic.org.

Praised for his “impassioned and vigorous” playing (Pianomania), Mitchell has established himself as a bold and versatile artist. His richly varied schedule of over 50 appearances per year includes solo recitals, concerti, chamber music, outreach, and orchestral keyboard work. His performances have been deemed “incredibly beautiful” (Fanfare), “amazing” (Fort Worth Weekly), and “no less than stunning” (Lima News). Mitchell’s new recording of world premieres with bassist Szymon Marciniak is earning rave reviews. Most recently, Bass World called their performances “intoxicating,” deeming this “a seminal recording.”

A passionate and articulate advocate for the arts, Mitchell looks constantly for ways to reach new audiences, and to inspire in others a love for music. The Texas Commission on the Arts recently named him to its Texas Touring Roster, a program that provides grants to nonprofit presenters in order to fund performances by the state’s finest musicians, poets, visual artists, and more.

A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Mitchell holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree (May 2017) at Texas Christian University, where he studies with John Owings. His principal teachers have included Arnaldo Cohen and the late José Feghali, and he has worked with numerous artist-teachers including Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky, Barry Douglas, and Ann Schein. He also recently joined the faculty of Tarrant County College.

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