Janina Fialkowska, an internationally known pianist and longtime Fairfield County resident, will return to the Pequot Library for a farewell recital on Sunday, Nov. 3 before moving overseas. The 3 p.m. performance, presented by the Westport Arts Center, will be her last New England performance before she moves to Germany.
"I am especially looking forward to hearing her play several of Grieg's seldom-heard `Lyric Pieces,' lovely miniatures that distill the late-Romantic spirit to its essence -- in fact, she's learned one especially at my request," said Russell Platt, curator of the Westport Arts Center's Chamber Music series. "The second half is all-Chopin, giving us an opportunity to survey the ultimate piano composer's many moods and styles."
Fialkowska's CD "Chopin Recital," released in 2010, made the Gramophone classic charts, was included in the London Sunday Times Top 10 Best Classical Recordings of the Year, and received a nomination for the International Classical Music Award 2011. She has performed with orchestras all over the world.
In early 2002, the pianist discovered a large tumor in her left arm. She transcribed the Ravel and Prokofiev concertos for the left hand and performed them solely with her right, all while undergoing several surgeries. In 2004 she returned to the stage to play again with both hands.
A reception at the Artisan Restaurant at the Delamar Hotel, 275 Old Post Road, Southport, with the artist will follow the concert. Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults; $10 for students, and $45 for the concert and reception. Tickets can be purchased by calling 203-222-7070, online at www.westportartscenter.org, or at the door 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. A limited number of $15 tickets will also be available for presale at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave.