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German Pianist Joseph Moog Reinvigorates Old-World Virtuosity

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  Pianist Joseph Moog, a native of Ludwigschafen, Germany and a two-time winner of the International Classical Music Awards, is the next pianist to appear on The Gilmore's Rising Stars Series.  In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Mr. Moog relates how his musician parents first introduced a piano to the home. For a couple of years before formal training began, the toddler used it as a musical playground for his own melodies and improvisations.

Later, this early experience drew him to the recordings and scores of legendary pianist-composers such as Friedman, Godowsky, Rachmaninoff and Moskowski. His program on Sunday will feature colorful and challenging works of Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Faure, and Rubinstein. 

Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday mornings at 10 am Mon-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with musician Dave Marlatt.
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