First UCC to celebrate Chopin
First United Church of Christ of Northfield is celebrating the 200th birthday of Frederic Chopin with a concert Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. performed by Horacio Nuguid of Rochester, Minn.
Nuguid will play a wide range of Chopin’s compositions during the 75-minute recital, including Fantaisie, Op. 49, selections from Études, Op.10, and Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise, Op. 22. Tickets are $20 and available from First UCC during regular office hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Present Perfect, 419 Division St, in downtown Northfield.
Horacio Nuguid, the founder and artistic director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society, is an active performer in the region, who is known for his elegance and beautiful tone at the piano. From 2003-08, he collaborated as soloist with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, and he has played with numerous other orchestras, including the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra-Minnesota, and the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed solo recitals in Manila, Lucerne, Chicago, San Jose, Minneapolis and St. Paul.
“This is an exciting opportunity to hear some of Chopin’s best compositions played by someone who fully appreciates the nuances Chopin intended,” said Christopher Brunelle, Director of Music at First UCC. “We think this concert is the perfect way to pay tribute to a composer of Chopin’s stature.”
Frederic Chopin was born in March of 1810 in Warsaw, Poland to a Polish mother and a French father. He is considered a master of Romantic music. He was a child prodigy, who was a prolific composer during his short lifetime. He suffered most of his adult life from a chronic lung condition and died in 1849 at the age of 39.
Most of his compositions were written for the piano as a solo instrument. He invented a number of musical forms, such as the instrumental ballade, and broke new ground in numerous other forms. His works were known for their unadorned restraint, reflecting, in part, his deep regard for the works of Bach and Mozart. More than 230 of his works survive.
He lived most of his adult life in France, but his patriotic loyalty to his Polish homeland never dimmed. Poland’s subjugation in the first half of the 19th century was a source of inspiration for him.