Event Details

Faculty and Guest Recital – Garnet Ungar, Roger Wright, duo piano

7:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Krannert Fine Arts Building, Wheeler Concert Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Garnet Ungar, Roger Wright, Pianos


O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV deest
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV 643
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit: Sonatina, BWV 106
trans. György Kurtág (b. 1926)
Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr, BWV 711
Gott, durch deine Güte, BWV 600
Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes-Sohn, BWV 601

Sonata in D Major, K. 448
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Molto allegro


Fantasy in F Minor, D. 940
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Suite No. 2, Op. 17
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
I. Introduction-Alla Marcia
II. Waltz-Presto
III. Romance-Andantino
IV. Tarantella-Presto

With delectable accolades such as “audible chocolate” (Costa Rica News), critics around the globe recognize Roger Wright as one of the great modern piano virtuosos. The San Antonio Express-News likened the audience response of his performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto to that of the clamoring crowd at a rock concert.

Recent highlights include Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the California Theater in San Jose; Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto in Whitefish, Montana; Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in Joplin, Missouri; recitals for the Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, California; and a recital at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., which the Washington Post praised for its “extraordinary freshness, subtlety and originality of thought,” and further noted “even more impressive is the rare spontaneity and vitality in his playing- and the sense of a voraciously hungry mind.”

Mr. Wright has appeared with the Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica, among others, and performed solo recitals at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Chicago Cultural Center, Festival at Round Top (Texas), and for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s “Sundays Live” series.

Originally from Houston, Texas, Wright studied John and Nancy Weems, Ruth Tomfohrde, Abbey Simon, Horatio Guitierrez, and John Perry. He now makes his home in Southern California. In 2014 he founded The Music School at Foothill in Arcadia, which dedicates itself to the nurturing of young musicians.