ST. CHARLES – A 2004 alumnus of St. Charles East High School, Jeff LaDeur will sit down at the piano for the next Music in the Gallery concert to accompany mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich at 6:30 p.m. May 12 at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles.
The Mother's Day concert will offer art songs by such composers as Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Faure and Mahler, a news release stated. Last year, he made his solo concert debut at Carnegie Hall.
Gramophone magazine called his recent album "a masterpiece of understatement, simplicity and old school chord playing where every note sings out with meaning."
LaDeur, a St. Charles native, is based in San Francisco, as is Scharich. She has thrilled audiences throughout the United States and internationally with her expressive interpretations of lieder and opera repertoire, the release stated.
The concert is part of the Norris Center's Music in the Gallery season. The series will conclude at 3 p.m. May 26, when Norris again presents Debra Ann Miller, this time for a portrayal of American author Louisa May Alcott. Event organizers said she has delighted Norris audiences in past seasons with her portrayals of Mary Todd Lincoln and Jane Austen.
Tickets at the door cost $25, $20 for students, or $5 less in advance. Norris Cultural Arts Center is at 1040 Dunham Road. For tickets, visit norrisculturalarts.com or call 630-584-7200.
More about Jeff LaDeur
The Norris Center shared the following background about a favorite son returning for a hometown concert.
"During the 15 years since his graduation, LaDeur has earned bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance and chamber music from the Eastman School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, respectively. He has performed at the Kennedy Center and Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., at the Shanghai Conservatory and in concert venues in the Netherlands, Germany, Canada and in nearly half of the 50 United States.
"In March 2018, he performed his solo debut in a recital at Weill Hall in New York's fabled Carnegie Hall. LaDeur's 2018 debut CD, "Debussy and Rameau: The Unbroken Line," received praise from the San Francisco Chronicle – 'delicate keyboard touch and rich expressivity.'
"Based in the Bay Area for the past 10 years, LaDeur founded and continues as the executive and artistic director of the San Francisco International Piano Festival, which will present its third season in August, including performances by LaDeur and nine other pianists, along with the renowned Alexander String Quartet and other guest artists."