Kalamazoo Professor Brings Pianoforte for Beethoven Concert

Reported by Stephanie Kelly, ’10

ALBION, Mich. — A rare chance to hear the pianoforte, the instrument on which Beethoven composed, comes to the Albion area on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Professor and artist Leslie Tung brings his pianoforte for a Beethoven concert at 8 p.m. that evening in Goodrich Chapel.

Tung, a professor of music at Kalamazoo College, has traveled across the globe to perform, from France to Austria, China to Hong Kong. He will play three of Beethoven’s sonatas for the fortepiano during his Albion concert. David Mulbury of American Record Guide called Tung “unequivocally amiable and engaging, full of verve and energy, and rhythmically both vibrant and elastic, as the music demands.”

Tung’s instrument is unique to his work. His fortepiano, which was built in 1983, is based on a 1795 instrument built in Germany and currently in the Smithsonian Institute’s collection. “Its shallower, lighter action suggests a crisper, articulate style of performance for the music of the period,” said Tung. The fortepiano was the instrument favored by Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn.

This concert is free and the public is invited to attend.  For more information, contact the Albion College Music department, 517-629-0481.