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Recital features internationally renowned musicians including pianist Caio Pagano

October 21, 2002

WHAT: Herberger College School of Music Guest/Faculty Artist Recital
WHO: Jacques Thibaud Trio, pianist Caio Pagano, bassist Masatoshi Saito
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., (Thursday) Oct. 31
WHERE: Katzin Concert Hall, Music Building, 40 E. Gammage Parkway, Tempe
ADMISSION: Free, no tickets required. Doors open at 7 p.m.
INFORMATION: 480-965-8863

Don’t miss an extraordinary recital featuring the Jacques Thibaud Trio, pianist Caio Pagano, and Japanese bassist Masatoshi Saito. The five internationally recognized musicians have concert engagements in California. However, their first stop is at ASU as part of the Herberger College School of Music Faculty/Guest Recital series.

The trio, pianist and bassist will perform (Thursday) Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Katzin Concert Hall in the Music Building on the main ASU campus in Tempe. Admission is free, doors open at 7 p.m.

Program selections include Quintet in E Flat Minor by Johann Nepomuk Hummel and Franz Schubert’s the Trout Quintet, based on the famous “The Trout” (“Die Forelle”) song.

Caio Pagano is a concert pianist teacher and scholar, and an Arizona Regents’ Professor of Music at ASU. Prior to coming to the U.S. in 1984 from Brazil, Dr. Pagano created the piano department at the University of São Paulo and the International Biennial of Music. Recently, he created the Centre for Studies in the Arts in Portugal with pianist Maria João Pires.

Dr. Pagano has presented more than 600 public performances as recital soloist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestras throughout four continents. He has received several awards in Europe and in his home country. A Steinway artist, Dr. Pagano records on the Summit, Soundset, and Glissando labels.

He has premiered 24 works in concert halls worldwide, 16 of them written and dedicated to him by the composers. He has also recorded several of these works. Dr. Pagano was the first pianist to perform the complete works of Schoenberg in several capitals of the world. He has also toured with Pierre Fournier, Janos Starker, Thomas Friedli, the St. Petersburg Quartet, Maria João Pires and the Jacques Thibaud Trio. He has been a featured artist at the Miami New World Festival, the Washington Interamerican Fest, the Grenoble Festival and many others.

The Jacques Thibaud Trio has garnered substantial critical acclaim wherever it appears and has been singled out by critics for its refreshing play-by-heart style of performing. According to The New Yorker, “This ensemble has already turned quite a few heads…they do something that is essentially unheard of in the world of chamber music: they play from memory, without a score or music stand in sight.” The trio was founded at the Berlin School of Art in 1994, and first toured that same year. The group has met with extraordinary success and performs through Europe, Japan, the U.S. and Canada. “This could be the first string trio in some time to have a major career…These musicians are clearly on a mission…But they are also having fun. It’s the best combination,” writes The New York Times.

Masatoshi Saito was born in 1961 in Japan. He has performed with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra under Seij Osawa, as symphony orchestras in Europe.

Media Contact:
Mary Brennan