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Pianist Peter Serkin Plays Inaugural Concert for <br>St. Cecilia Hall

Pianist Peter Serkin Plays Inaugural Concert for
St. Cecilia Hall

Posted: March 2, 2018

On the afternoon of Sunday, February 25, Thomas Aquinas College students, faculty, staff, and members of the Board of Governors and President’s Council were treated to a virtuoso performance by Grammy Award–winning pianist Peter Serkin, who presented the inaugural concert for St. Cecilia Hall. Performing on a concert grand Schimmel piano, Mr. Serkin delighted his audience with his expressive renditions of Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat major (K. 570) and the Adagio movement from his Sonata in B minor (K. 540). Following a brief intermission, he then flawlessly executed Bach’s intricate Goldberg Variations, moving seamlessly between the more lighthearted variations and the more serious.

Peter SerkinPeter Serkin Peter Serkin’s rich musical heritage extends back several generations: His grandfather was the influential violinist and composer Adolf Busch, and his father the celebrated pianist Rudolf Serkin. A world-renowned classical pianist in his own right, with a repertoire that spans five centuries, Mr. Serkin has performed with some of the finest chamber ensembles and major symphony orchestras around the world, under the direction of the most celebrated conductors.

During his long career, Mr. Serkin has thrilled audiences from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center, and in many famous venues abroad. It was, therefore, a great honor to have him inaugurate St. Cecilia Hall, the construction of which was made possible by a magnificent grant from the Fritz B. Burns Foundation and its trustees, Rex and Maureen Rawlinson and Cheryl Robinson.

Catherine Mires (’10), President Michael F. McLean, and Peter SerkinNina Mires (’10), President Michael F. McLean, and Mr. SerkinThe 7-foot, 6-inch Schimmel K230 Konzert Tradition grand piano is a gift of Charles and Catherine Mires, parents of Nina Mires, Class of 2010. The College is deeply grateful to the Mires for this gift which will benefit generations of students in the years to come.

John Jost (’17)

“When you first arrive here, the upperclassmen are almost like your heroes because they’re at the place — or approaching the place — where you want to be, both intellectually and spiritually. It promotes friendship in a way that I have never seen before.”

– John Jost (’17)

Algonquin, Illinois

“This is truly a Catholic center of learning because it reverberates with the ecclesial life of faith, a faith which unfolds the richness of reason and is given fervent expression liturgically, sacramentally, and through prayer, acts of charity, and a passion for justice.”

– The Most Rev. J. Michael Miller

Archbishop of Vancouver

Former Secretary, Congregation for Catholic Education