Internationally renowned pianist and Cameron University Professor of Music Thomas Labé, D.M., will present a faculty piano recital at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 at the University Theatre. For the program, Labé has selected the music of J.S. Bach, Schubert, Paderewski, Poulenc and Rachmaninoff. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $4 for military, students and senior citizens. Cameron students with ID are admitted free.
Thomas Labé's engagements have included appearances as soloist with numerous ensembles including the Chattanooga and Houston Symphony Orchestras and recitals in such prestigious venues as Chicago's Ravinia Festival and Dame Myra Hess concert series, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Troy, NY), at Washington University in St. Louis, the Staatstheater Darmstadt (Germany), Midem classique (France) and the International Piano Festival Monterrey (Mexico). This past season he made his debut with the Kenosha (Wisconsin) Symphony Orchestra playing Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1.
Labé's growing discography of internationally released recordings has garnered exceptional praise in publications such as The Washington Post, Gramophone magazine, American Record Guide, CD Review (U.K.) and The Age (Australia). His debut release, "The Virtuoso Johann Strauss," earned a "Best of the Year" citation from the editors of H&B Recordings Direct. This month, his latest recording, "Dedication," is being released exclusively online and is available for immediate download (along with all of his other recordings) on sites such as iTunes and amazon.com. On "Dedication," Labé has recorded the 30 songs of Robert Schumann recast for the solo piano by Schumann's wife Clara.
In addition to his solo piano discs, Labé has also recorded chamber music with acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton-Pine. Their pairing in works of Liszt was awarded an "A+" for artistic quality by Audio magazine.
Labé's recordings are found with great frequency on the playlists of classical music stations the world over and, as an industry professional, he is a voting member of The Recording Academy, taking part in the annual nomination and voting processes for the Grammy Awards.
As a scholar, he is involved in exploration of the piano repertoire and has examined manuscripts and original documents of Schumann, Grieg, Liszt, J.S. Bach and Howard Hanson. Labé's first publication as editor-in-chief, a landmark new edition of the Schumann Piano Concerto issued in 2003, is the first critically revised two-piano score to be based on examination of the autograph manuscript (which until recently had been held in private hands) and the composer's own copy of the first printed edition.
February 26, 2009