Great Performance Series to Feature
Pianist Martin Kasik on April 2
Posted March 19, 2002
HOLLAND -- With more than 20 years of piano
experience behind him, audience members may expect pianist
Martin Kasik to look a little older. But the 26-year-old
Czech musician just had an early start.
Kasik will perform at Hope College in Dimnent
Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, April 2, at 8 p.m. through the
college's Great Performance Series.
Winner of the 1999 Young Concert Artists
International Auditions, Kasik took home several other
awards from that prestigious competition. As a result of
his performances at the competition, he was offered the
chance for his New York debut by performing at the Kennedy
Center, where he received critical acclaim.
"Mr. Kasik plays with a resourceful technique,
fluidity, a keen sense of color an intelligence," said
Anthony Tommasini of "The New York Times."
Kasik has won both the junior and senior divisions
of the Chopin Piano Competition in the Czech Republic, and
more recently won the Prague Spring Competition (1998), the
Akzo Nobel Prize (1999) and the Davidoff Prize (2000).
He has also performed with several orchestras and
symphonies, and after his visit to Hope College he heads to
Chicago for four performances with the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra, under the direction of an earlier Young Concert
Artists competition winner, conductor Pinchas Zukerman.
Kasik's recordings, including a live recording of
Schumann and Rachmaninoff, have also received critical
His performance at Hope will include J.S. Bach's
"Italian Concerto"; the "Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27,"
by Frederic Chopin; Vitezslav Novak's "Memories, Op. 6"; and
"Sonata I.X. 1905," by Leos Janacek; and he will close with
Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Preludes, Op. 23."
Tickets for Kasik's performance will be on sale at
the theatre lobby ticket office in the DeWitt Center
beginning Monday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will
also be available at the door.
Tickets cost $14 for regular adult admission, $12
for senior citizens, and $5 for children under 18. As a
special promotion of Young Concert Artists winners, anyone
purchasing a ticket for Kasik's performance will be given a
ticket for the Tuesday, April 16, performance of soprano
Courtenay Budd, another Young Concert Artists winner who is
closing out this year's Great Performance Series.
The DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at
12th Street, and the ticket office can be called at (616)
395-7890. Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College
Avenue at 12th Street.