Carlin, WUSTL Symphony in concert at 560 Music Center

The Department of Music in Arts & Sciences will present two concerts in its newly opened 560 Music Center.

Noted pianist Seth Carlin, professor of music, will present a solo piano recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. The program will feature “Préludes, Book I” (complete) by Claude Debussy, “Piano Sonata, Op. 1” by Alban Berg and “Sonata, Op. 111” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Seth Carlin rehearses in the newly renovated 560 Music Center.

Carlin has performed with orchestras around the world and with conductors such as Nicholas McGegan, Leonard Slatkin and Roger Norrington. He has appeared in recital at major international festivals and with Pinchas Zukerman, Anner Bylsma and Malcolm Bilson, among others.

In 1991-92, Carlin performed the complete Schubert fortepiano sonatas in New York — concerts that were broadcast on National Public Radio. More recently he appeared as soloist with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” as well as with San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque, the period-instrument orchestra.

The second concert takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, with the WUSTL Symphony Orchestra. Dan Presgrave, instrumental music coordinator in the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences, will conduct the program, which includes the “Rosamunde Overture” by Franz Schubert, “Variations Symphoniques for Piano and Orchestra” by César Franck and “Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20” by Benjamin Britten.

The Symphony Orchestra comprises more than 70 members, including about 50 string players. Members include both undergraduate and graduate students from across the University, ranging from architecture and business to various disciplines within Arts & Sciences.

Soloist for the Symphony Orchestra concert will be graduate student Charlotte Fong. A native of Taiwan, Fong earned a degree in piano performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and is a student of Carlin’s.

Fong began performing at age 6 and won numerous awards. In 2005, she won St. Louis’ Sigma Alpha Iota Scholarship for Piano Performance and the following year took first place in the Southern Illinois Young Artist Competition.

Both concerts are free and open to the public and take place in the 560 Music Center’s E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall. For more information, call 935-5566 or e-mail

Seth Carlin rehearses in the newly renovated 560 Music Center.