Where can you hear a world-class pianist perform on a world-class piano? On Jan. 4, you'll be able to in Delmar, when Eugene Albulescu comes to Bethlehem Central High School.
Albulescu is the music director and chief conductor for the Lehigh Philharmonic Orchestra, of which BC alum Amy Forando is a member. The concert will raise funds to help pay for the group's European tour in May.
Albulescu was named a Steinway International Artist in 2006, which for pianists is akin to entering the hall of fame. He has had a number of live recordings published and appears on the iTunes store.
His musical career stated at the age of 6 in Romania and then in New Zealand before completing his studies at Indiana University, and he has since played and composed around the world.
Lehigh's philharmonic is different from ensembles at many other schools in that membership is open to anyone who can play, not just music majors.
We are a student orchestra, but it's a different demographic than a music school, said Albulescu. "Our big niche is students who take music extremely seriously but who don't want to pursue music as their career."
Monday's program will feature a performance of Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata and other pieces. Albulescu will be performing on the Steinway piano the district purchased in 2006 after parents raised $64,000.
"I think it's a great opportunity for us to have a ranking pianist in our school and also to showcase our Steinway piano," said High School Music Supervisor David Norman, who added that he is interested to hear Albulescu's opinion of the Steinway.
One of the perks of being a Steinway artist is the promise a piano will always be available from the local dealer, said Albulescu, but playing the district's Steinway will eliminate transportation costs and hassles.