Pictured here with the commemorative statue of Adolph von Henselt in von Henselt’s home town of Schwabach, Germany, Adjunct Piano Instructor Andrew Kraus presented a recital, Henselt in Context, in the “Stadt Kasten” as a featured soloist in the 27th Annual International Feuchtwanger Piano Festival in Feuchtwangen, Germany on April 23. The program featured 17 pieces pairing works by Adolph von Henselt with those by better known composers including Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, and Liszt.
Kraus is recognized for the warmth and “heart” in his playing. In the words of one of the Feuchtwangen attendees, “…I had the feeling that [name redacted] plays very well, but without a heart, and at your concert, my heart was happy…”.
The venue for the series was the Stadt Kasten, a half timbered structure located in the main church square of the city, originally built in 1565 as a barn. Today, the building is used for concerts, plays and other cultural events year round.
Kraus plans on presenting this recital to the UMW community during the next academic year.