Pianist Auer Prepares for Chopin Bicentennial

The two hundredth anniversary of Chopin’s birth doesn’t happen until February 22nd of 2010 but IU Jacobs School of Music faculty member Edward Auer is hard at work producing a comprehensive set of recordings. His latest release is Chopin Nocturnes Vol. 1.

Auer defends recording an entire CD of these gently wistful pieces with the comment that variety is good, but same is good too. He also talks about the technical developments that Chopin brought to the piano literature.

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Chopin, Frederic (1810-1849): Nocturne
Edward Auer, p. — Vol. 1-Chopin Nocturnes
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Chopin, Frederic (1810-1849): Nocturne
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George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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