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Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s Living Legend Season Opener

Charles Webb, happy to be playing, but reluctant to being called a legend.

Charles Webb

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Pianist and Jacobs School Dean Emeritus, Charles Webb.

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Living Lengend

Columbus Indiana Philharmonic concert honoring Charles Webb


Columbus North High School

October 8, 2011 7:30 pm

The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s October 8th concert honors pianist, organist and IU School of Music Dean emeritus Charles Webb, with the title “Living Legend.” The concert opens with Mussorgsky’s colorful Pictures at an Exhibition, and then features Charles Webb as the piano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.

Webb amusedly agrees that he’s happier with the ‘living’ part of the title than he is with the ‘legend.’ Although many of Webb’s contemporaries have left the concert stage, he continues to be a much sought-after soloist, chamber player and accompanist. “When you’ve practiced and played for audiences during most of your life, you do it because you enjoy it. And barring accidents or ill health, I’ll continue so long as I can continue to perform, to satisfy my own internal measure of success.”

For Saturday night’s concert, Webb plays music that was premiered by Beethoven. “It was part of a huge concert in 1808, and he wanted a brilliant finale. As often happens with composition, he left the piano ‘til the end and worked from sketches to improvise his part. Later he wrote it out. It’s substantial, almost a piano concerto. I enjoy improvising, but in this case I’ll be playing just the notes that he left us.”

George Walker

After completing an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University, George Walker began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists and reviews plays and operas.

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  • Amy Rafkin

    Charles Webb is an amazining pianist and a lovely man.  While I visited Bloomington and I had the honor of hearing him play in an intimate setting.  His hands float upon the ivory keys.  Thank you, Mr. Webb for allowing others to experience your amazing grace. 
    Amy

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