By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item
— LEWISBURG — Sign off on February with some class: Irish pianist John O'Conor performs a free concert Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.
The program includes Beethoven's Bagatelles Op. 126; Beethoven's Sonata in C minor Op. 13 "Pathetique;" and Schubert's Sonata in C minor D958.
O'Conor has been called "a true poet of the piano," with a reputation as a masterful interpreter of the Classic and Early Romantic piano repertoires. He has performed throughout the world with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, l'Orchestre National de France, the NHK Orchestra in Japan and the Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, Dallas, Montreal and Detroit symphonies in North America.
He has made more than 20 recordings for Telarc, including the complete Beethoven Bagatelles (cited by the New York Times as the best recordings of these works) and Mozart Concertos with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has also recorded the complete Nocturnes, Sonatas and Concertos of the Irish composer John Field.