International pianists in free concert

Staff report


Kent State University-Salem begins its Symphonious Sunday series this Sunday with some of the school’s best international pianists playing Bach, Berg, Beethoven, Liszt and Schumann. The free concert will start at 3 p.m. in the Kent State-City Center’s second-floor auditorium, 230 N. Lincoln Ave.

Junior David Jaramillo, who hails from Ecuador, will begin the performance with Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, followed by Berg’s Sonata, Op. 1. In 2007, Jaramillo made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador. That same year, he performed at the Rhineberger Hall of Severance Hall in Cleveland. He is the recipient of Kent State University’s Joe Walsh Scholarship.

Next, 20-year-old Costa Rican pianist Sofia Chaves-Hernandez will play Beethoven and Liszt. Chaves-Hernandez began her music studies at the age of 6 in Costa Rica’s National University. She is the winner of many awards, including first prize in the 2005 Intermediate Concerto Competition at Interlochen Music Center and has performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Franklin Aguilar will finish the concert with Schumann’s Faschhingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26. A Costa Rica native, Aguilar was invited by the National Theatre to perform a solo recital in its Piano Concert Series Season in 2008. He has performed concerts in all the main concert halls of Costa Rica.

The Symphonious Sunday series will resume Nov. 7 with a jazz concert, followed by a holiday concert Dec. 19.

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