February 26, 2010
Press Release #10-036
Renowned St. Mary's College of Maryland pianist Brian Ganz will present a solo recital featuring works of Chopin and Beethoven at noon, Friday, March 12, 2010, at Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary's Hall on the campus. (Note the time change to noon; it was previously scheduled for 8 p.m.) The concert is free and open to the public.
Ganz, one of the leading pianists of his generation and winner of a first grand prize in the Marguerite Long Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris and third prize in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competition, also is a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory.
St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.
More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities, and an SAT average for student admissions of 1848. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.