World acclaimed pianist Frederick Moyer, whose family has long ties to Weymouth, opens the Classical Music Sundays season.
Moyer has thrilled audiences for 35 years performing in 43 countries and in such far-flung venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sydney Opera House, Windsor Castle, Carnegie Recital Hall, Tanglewood, and the Kennedy Center. Performing in the Great Room at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, Moyer returns to the house where his grandfather, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, spent many happy times visiting with James and Katharine Boyd.
Moyer’s talents reflect the artistic family to whom he was born. His maternal grandfather, Paul Green, perhaps best known in North Carolina for the outdoor drama, “The Lost Colony,” wrote a tremendous body of work, much inspired by his life in North Carolina. His grandmother, Elizabeth, was a poet. His paternal grandfather, David Moyer, was a concert pianist and professor of piano at Oberlin College and his grandmother, Jessie, was pianist, harpsichordist and a singer.
Piano was an early passion. He started lessons at seven and by junior high and high school he was studying jazz intensively. While still in high school, Moyer received a full scholarship to attend the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He later attended Indiana University. Moyer’s career launched with an early debut at Carnegie Hall. He has appeared as piano soloist with the major orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minnesota, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Houston, Boston, Singapore, Dallas, Buffalo, Hong Kong and Japan.
Moyer's repertoire reflects an affinity for the complete range of classical music and beyond. He has recorded five Mozart concerti for the Norwegian radio and performed three Rachmaninoff piano concerti with the Japan Philharmonic. His 24 recordings span the piano repertoire from Baroque to contemporary works and Australia. Composers who have written for Moyer include David Ott, whose “Second Piano Concerto” Moyer recorded with the London Symphony; Donal Fox, whose “Etudes of 2002-2006” were commissioned under a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation; and Pulitzer Prize-winners George Walker and Ned Rorem. As a member of the Fred Moyer Jazz Trio, he performs note-for-note transcriptions of such jazz pianists as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Erroll Garner, bringing this great American music onto classical music stages.
This year’s Classical Music Sundays season brings five concerts to Weymouth Center with the unique opportunity for patrons to meet and mingle with the artists at light wine and cheese reception after each concert. Other concerts this season include Funero and Biggs, with duo harpsichords, on Nov. 3; Lyricosa Quartet on Feb. 2; Symphony Winds on March 1; and The Ezra Duo on April 5.
Season tickets are available and reservations are suggested, as the Great Room is an intimate setting holding a maximum of 75 patrons. Tickets are available online at www.weymouthcenter.org/events or ticketmesandhills.com and through the office, $25 members and $35 nonmembers. Students, 18 and under are free. Now celebrating its 40th year as a nonprofit, Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, located at 555 East Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, is home to the NC Literary Hall of Fame.
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