Mailed 9/27/96


Upton, NY -The 1996-97 concert series at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory will begin on Sunday, October 27, with a concert by Jacques Després, the highly acclaimed pianist who also opened the series last year. The program will be held at the Laboratory's Berkner Hall, beginning at 4 p.m. The concert is open to the public and admission is charged.

Over the last decade, Jacques Després has delighted audiences in his native Canada, the U.S. and Europe with unique interpretations of a broad range of composers. He has won numerous prestigious awards, including the Frank Kopp Memorial Prize at the International Piano Competition, University of Maryland; First Prize, Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition; and the Musical Academy of Quebec "prix d'Europe" competition. Dr. Després earned his master's degree from the Juilliard School of Music and recently completed his doctorate at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook.

The program for the October 27 concert includes Bartok's Mikrokosmos, Vol. 6; Beethoven's Sonata No. 31, Opus 110; Chopin's Ballade #4; and Liszt's Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen.

The Brookhaven concert series will feature three more concerts by major performers, all on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.: "Classical Cabaret: Jody Karin Applebaum and Marc-André Hamelin," on December 8; Festetics String Quartet and pianist Maria Rose, on March 23; and pianist Marc-André Hamelin, April 13.

Tickets for these regular concerts cost $14 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, and $5 for youth under 18, for each performance.

This season's series will also feature two special Sunday concerts given by promising young artists from SUNY Stony Brook on November 17 and May 4, both at 2 p.m. The suggested donation for these special young artists' concerts is $6 for each performance.

All of the concerts will be held in the Laboratory's Berkner Hall, and tickets for any concert may be purchased at the door immediately before the performance. Seats are not reserved, so it is best to arrive early.

For more information about the concerts, including cancellations due to inclement weather, call (516)344-3550 for a prerecorded message. To speak to someone in person, call Brookhaven Lab's Public Affairs Office at (516)344-2345, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.