Pianist Bryan Pezzone, clarinetist François Houle to perform at WU

Contact: Diane Trevett-Sedoruk

The music department's Distinguished Artists Series brings back two favorites.

On Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Willamette University’s Roger’s Music Center, the Distinguished Artists Series brings back pianist Bryan Pezzone, in collaboration with clarinetist François Houle, for its last concert of the season.

Pezzone is the consummate crossover pianist of his generation. He has excelled in classical, contemporary, jazz and experimental genres and is known for both his versatility and virtuosity as a performing artist, improviser and composer. He was the principal pianist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra from its inception in 1991 through 1999. From 1987-2000 he was the chair and founder of the multi-focused Keyboard program at the California Institute of the Arts. He currently enjoys a career of continuing his freelance performing and recording in Los Angeles as well as traveling and performing his own shows.

Houle has established himself as one of today’s most inventive musicians. Inspired by collaborations with the world’s top musical innovators, he has developed a unique improvisational language, virtuosic and rich with sonic embellishment and technical extensions. His extensive touring has led to solo appearances at major festivals across Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. He is the founder of Afterday Audio, a faculty member at the Vancouver Community College School of Music and a former graduate clarinet studio instructor at the University of British Columbia. 

Tickets: Willamette University faculty and staff, $10. Students are admitted free. 

Tickets are available online at WU-DAS.com and at the box office the night of the performance. Proof of COVID vaccination status and/or a negative COVID test will no longer be required to gain entry to campus events.

The concert will also be live-streamed. Visit our website for the link.

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