Mailed 3/17/97


Upton, NY -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory will present pianist Marc-André Hamelin in concert on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in the Laboratory's Berkner Hall. The concert is open to the public and admission is charged.

First-prize winner of the 1985 Carnegie Hall American Music Competition, Mr. Hamelin has won the favor of critics from the U.S., Canada and Europe. In fact, Harold C. Schonberg of The New York Times has described Mr. Hamelin as "a supervirtuoso."

A native of Canada and the recipient of several awards from the Canada Arts Council, Mr. Hamelin studied at the Vincent d'Indy School of Music, then emigrated to the U.S., and earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music from Temple University. He has recorded almost 30 compact discs, and his recording of Charles-Valentin Alkan's Concerto for Solo Piano received 1993 nominations for both the Grammy and Gramophone Record of the Year.

Earlier this season, Mr. Hamelin had performed in concert with his wife, Jody Karin Applebaum, in a "Classical Cabaraet" at Brookhaven Lab. He will perform solo in the April 13 concert, with a program that consists of Charles Ives' Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Massachusetts, 1840-1860"; Johann Sebastian Bach's Organ Prelude and Fugue in D Major (transcribed for piano by Ferruccio Busoni); and Max Reger's Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Bach, Op. 81.

Tickets may be purchased at the door on the afternoon of the performance. No seats are reserved, so early arrival assures the best seats. Tickets cost $14 general admission, $9 for seniors, and $5 for students and youths under 18.

For more information about the concert, including any possible cancellation due to inclement weather, call (516)344-3550 for a recorded 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.