St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will host a piano dedication concert at the church on Sunday afternoon, September 29, at 4:00 p.m. The program features pianist Michael Schneider, a widely experienced concert pianist who is a native of San Angelo and current faculty member at Concordia University in Austin. The concert is free and open to the public.
Critics have hailed Michael Schneider as ‘a pianist with exceptional insight’ and a ‘performer with great panache’ at venues including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the International Chopin Festival at the legendary château of George Sand in France, the Music Festival of the Hamptons, the 8th Annual Paderewski Festival in California, the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and the famed Liszt Museum in Budapest. He has been a featured guest artist of both the Texas Music Teachers Association and the California Music Teachers Annual Conventions and is in demand as a soloist, teacher, lecturer, and collaborative artist. He has been a frequent soloist with the San Angelo Symphony and on November 8th, 2013 will present a solo mono-drama/recital based on the life and works of Franz Liszt in San Angelo as part of the symphony series.
Schneider earned degrees from the University of North Texas and the Cleveland Institute of Music prior to receiving his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in May 2011 at the University of Texas studying under Anton Nel. Michael spent two years as adjunct Professor of Piano at Youngstown State University in Ohio, was a visiting adjunct professor of piano at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX in the fall of 2010, and is currently an adjunct faculty member of Concordia University-Texas.
Schneider’s program for the afternoon concert will include music of Frederic Chopin, Michael Schneider, and Franz Liszt. The concert is being presented as part of the dedication of a new grand piano that was donated to St. Paul’s by Ms. Bailey Orrell, daughter of. Jennifer Jordan Roddie, and Kirk Roddie, and granddaughter of Murray and Jeanette Jordan, all of Brady. There will be a brief dedication ceremony, followed by the concert. A reception in the Education Building will follow. Schneider has also graciously agreed to play special music for the 10:30 a.m. worship service, to which everyone is also welcome. Dr. Schneider’s visit will be a rare event for Brady, and everyone who is interested in music is encouraged to attend.