Capriccio at The Memorial Chapel

Saturday, June 29, 2019, 9AM-3PM

Capriccio Schedule

9:00 – 9:30      #1

Collection of Rags: Bowman 11th & 12th Street Rags

Joplin Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer

Beethoven Bagatelle No. 25 in A Minor “Fur Elise”

Joplin Pineapple Rag & Peacherine Rag


9:30 – 10:00     #2

Beethoven Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major 1st mvt

Liszt Apres une lecture due Dante- Fantasia quasi Sonata


10:00- 10:30    #3

Haydn Piano Sonata in E-flat Major (Hob. SVI:52 – 1st mvt)

Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 3 in A Minor Op. 28

J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue No. 13 in F Sharp Major

Ligeti Etudes Book 1: No. 4 Fanfares


10:30- 11:00     #4

J.S. Bach Concerto Italian BWV 971

Beethoven Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major Op. 31 No.3

            1st & 3rd mvts

Granados  Allegro de concierto Op. 46


11:00 – 11:30    #5

Mozart Sonata No. 18, iii. Allegretto- KV576

Scriabin Poeme, Vers la flame

Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (Excerpts): 1. Promenade (Allegro) 2. Gnome 3. Promenade (Moderato) 4. The Oxcart 5. With the Dead in a Dead Language 6. The Hut on Fowl’s Legs 7. The Great Gate of Kiev


11:30 – Noon  #6

Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major Op. 31 No. 1

Rachmaninoff Etude Tableaux in D Major Op. 39 No. 9


Noon- 12:30    #7

Beethoven Piano Sonata No.2 A Major Op. 2 No. 2   1st mvt

Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 B- flat Minor Op. 35

            1st & 2nd mvts  

Ravel Jeux d’eau E major




1:00 – 1:30     #8

Haydn Piano Sonata in E Flat Major (Hob. XVI/ 49, L.59)

            1st mvt

Liszt Rigoletto Paraphrase

Messiaen No. 4. Regard de la Vierge

Ginastera Danzas Argentinas Op. 2, No 1, 2 & 3


1:30 – 2:00     #9

J.S.Bach Prelude and Fugue No. #4 Book 1

Haydn Piano Sonata in F (Hob. XVI:23) 1st mvt

Schubert Impromptu in F Minor Op. 142  No. 4

Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11


2:00 – 2:30     #10

Beethoven Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Op. 22 1st & 3rd mvst

            Allegro con brio & Rondo Allegretto

Chopin Etude in C# Minor Op 25  No 7

Libermann Gargoyles Op 29


2:30- 3:00       #11

Beethoven Sonata No. 7 in D Major Op. 10  No. 3 1st mvt

Debussy Reflets dans l’eau

Liszt Mephisto Waltz

Capriccio Jurors

jeffrey biegel

The fascinating career of Jeffrey Biegel takes its roots from the beginning. Until the age of three, Mr. Biegel could neither hear nor speak, until corrected by surgery. The ‘reverse Beethoven’ phenomenon explains his life in music, having heard only vibrations in his formative years.

Mr. Biegel recently performed the World Premiere of Giovanni Allevi’s ‘Concerto for Piano and Orchestra’ with Orchestra Kentucky and in Milan’s Teatro dal Vermes, recording released in 2017. In 2018, Naxos releases Kenneth Fuchs’s “Concerto: Spiritualist” featuring Mr. Biegel with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta, and, Grammy award composer, Dick Tunney unveils the new “Peanuts Concerto” for piano and orchestra based on music by Vince Guaraldi. In November 2018, Christopher Theofanidis’s “Concerto for Piano, Strings, Harp and Percussion” will receive its premiere with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Stuart Malina conducting. 

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kevin fitz-gerald

Canadian pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald performs in concert halls around the world as a soloist, has recorded with seven record labels including Yarlung Records, and performs regularly in partnership with other musicians including Patrick Gallois, Stephen Isserlis, Richard Stolzman, Petteri Iivonen, Alan Civil, Camilla Wicks, Midori Goto, Eudice Shapiro, Milton Thomas, Karen Tuttle, Donald McInnes, Ronald Leonard, and the Bartok, St. Petersburg and St. Lawrence String Quartets. Kevin also performs four-hands piano works with his wife Bernadene Blaha. In addition to his position as Professor of Piano Performance and Collaborative Arts at the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, Mr. Fitz-Gerald is also a regular visiting artist teacher at the Banff School of Fine Arts, a frequent guest master class teacher at The Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, and serves as visiting faculty at many other national and international music festivals and institutions throughout North America, South America, Asia and Australia. Kevin was born in Kelowna, British Columbia and received full scholarships to study at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, The Banff Centre School of Fine Arts and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where his principal teachers were Marek Jablonski, Robin Wood and Alma Brock-Smith.

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Sharon Biegel studied piano with Agustin Anievas at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York, earning both Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in piano performance. For three decades, she has maintained a consistent class of piano students and has judged piano competitions including the Friday-Woodmere Music Club and the Five Towns Music and Art Foundation Piano Competition for pianists on the college level and above. Ms. Biegel has also worked with children and young adults in the New York Public School system teaching strings and general music.

Saturday’s Schedule

  • 9am-3pm. Competitions full schedule forthcoming. Pianists will not be listed by name. However, each contestant will be identified at each site by photo and biography in a program.
  • The Franchezza Competition (under 16 years of age) will be held at the Emerson Auditorium at the Taylor Music Center (across the lawn from the Chapel).
  • The Capriccio Competition (16- under 30 years of age) will be held at the Memorial Chapel.
  • More information will be available about the exact schedule the final week of June.
  • Jump to Competitions page.

Sunday's Schedule

  • 11am-1pm: A French Affair Music Program, Union College Memorial Chapel. Free. Learn more.
  • 12 noon-6pm: Catered Reception with Music. Union College’s College Park Ballroom. $10 paid in advance or pay at the door (cash, check or credit card accepted). Children under 12 free (with paying adult).  Reservations appreciated. Learn more.
  • 2pm: Competition Winner's Recital, Union College Memorial Chapel. Free. Enjoy the talent of our Competition Winners. Pianists applied from the Capital Region and surrounding counties, New York City, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and have engaged with musical institutions such as the New England Conservatory, the College of St. Rose, University of Maryland and Temple University’s Boyer College. Pianists have won in piano competitions sponsored by Julliard, MTNA, Capital District Council for Young Musicians, Steinway, Metropolitan Academy (NYC), Yamaha International and the Chopin International Hartford CT.


  • Shuttle Parking at Seward/ Nott Lot both days. On Sunday, shuttle will stop at the College Park Ballroom starting at 11:30 for the reception and additional parking. (College Park is the former Ramada Inn at 450 Nott Street – near Erie Blvd and Rivers Casino).

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