Pianist Andrew Le and Organist Huw Lewis will present a joint faculty recital at Hope College on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
Both artists are well known to the Holland area through their solo performances, work with the Holland Symphony Orchestra and numerous outreach events. They are calling their first concert together “The Huw and Drew Show,” and it is intended to highlight the piano and organ sound in the new Concert Hall, which will open just the weekend before.
The event was conceived to dedicate the new Steinway D piano and Casavant organ generously donated by David P. Roossien. The Feb. 9 concert was also scheduled on the heels of the Feb. 5-6 Musical Showcase to allow Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts donors and enthusiasts to remain in town to engage in the keyboard arts.
Pianist Andrew (Drew) Le has been hailed as “an impressive tour-de-force... a plenitude of poetic nuance” (New York Concert Review), and lauded for his “consummate piano virtuosity” (Goleta Valley Voice) and “pistonlike precision” (Mountain Tradition). Le was the first-prize winner of the 2004 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and is currently serving as associate professor of piano at Hope, where he has taught since 2005. He and his wife, violinist Jennifer Walvoord, are the artistic directors of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck.
Le is also the founder and director of Holland’s popular Brown Bag Concerts, a series designed to encourage and foster the accessibility of classical music to the general public. Passionate about serving his local community, he has also performed recitals as food drives, the last of which brought in nearly 600 non-perishable items that were donated to the Holland Rescue Mission.
Welsh-born organist Huw Lewis has taught at Hope since 1990. He performs nationally and internationally on a regular basis, and has been featured at important meetings and conventions sponsored by many professional organizations including the American Guild of Organists and the Royal College of Organists.
He was a featured recitalist at the 1987 International Congress of Organists. Lewis’s playing has been broadcast in America and in Great Britain, where he has made numerous recordings for the BBC. He has served on many competition juries, most recently for the 2003 Dallas International Organ Competition.
While a student, Lewis received numerous prestigious scholarships, fellowships, and prizes. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London, at Cambridge University, and at the University of Michigan.
Tickets are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for children 18 and under, and free for Hope College students. Tickets are available online at hope.edu/tickets as well as at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.