Pianist Drew Le sets free Nov. 15 concert in MTSU Keyboard Artist Series

MTSU’s School of Music will present the third concert in its new Keyboard Artist Series Sunday, Nov. 15, with a special free performance by award-winning pianist Dr. Andrew “Drew” Le in the university’s Wright Music Building.

Dr. Andrew Le

Dr. Andrew Le

Le’s 3 p.m. public concert will be conducted inside the Wright Building’s Hinton Music Hall and will feature the complete “Douze Études” by Claude Debussy, a piece MTSU associate professor of piano Adam Clark called “45 to 50 minutes of incredibly great and difficult music.”

School of Music new logo webLe said that 2015 “marks the 100th anniversary of these relatively obscure pieces, which originated during the composer’s final flurry of creative inspiration.

“I feel a strong personal connection to these études, not only because they are the culmination of his (Debussy’s) entire output of solo piano works but because they concurrently look forward in time yet pay homage to his previous creations.”

Le, winner of the 2004 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, is currently an associate professor of piano at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and joined the international roster of Steinway Artists in 2013.

He also is the founder and director of the popular Brown Bag Concerts in Holland, Michigan, a series designed to encourage and foster the accessibility of classical music to the general public.

For more information, please visit Le’s website at www.drewle.com. You also can get a preview of some of his performances, including works by Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Chopin, below.

For more information on the new Keyboard Artist Series at MTSU and future performances, visit www.mtsu.edu/music/keyboardseries.php.

For details on more MTSU School of Music performances, call 615-898-2493 or visit the School of Music’s Concert Calendar online.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)