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Music Hall Artist Series presents Santiago Rodriguez, piano
Start Date: 10/30/2017Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 10/30/2017End Time: 9:00 PM

Event Description:

The University of West Florida Department of Music will present pianist Santiago Rodriguez as part of the Music Hall Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30. The event will be held in the Music Hall at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82.

The program will include pieces for piano composed by Mozart, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff, as well as Manuel de Falla and Alberto Ginastera.

Santiago Rodriguez was born in Cárdenas, Cuba and began his piano studies at age four. After Castro seized power in Cuba, his parents sent Rodriguez and his younger brother to America under the care of the Catholic Charities. He spent the next six years in an orphanage in New Orleans. Fortunately, his mother had concealed money along with a note begging the nuns to continue his musical education. Two years after his arrival, he made his concert debut at age 10, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with the New Orleans Philharmonic. His international career was launched in 1981 when he won the Silver Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; he also received a special prize for the best performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Touches,” a work commissioned for the competition. Rodriguez’s unique life and artistry were profiled on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kurault in 1993. In addition, he has been featured numerous times on the ABC, NBC, PBS, CNN, BBCand CBC television networks.

Mr. Rodriguez has been called “a phenomenal pianist ” by the The New York Times and “among the finest pianists in the world” by the The Baltimore Sun. He has performed internationally with leading orchestras, including the London Symphony, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Weimar Philharmonic, the Yomiuri-Nippon Symphony Orchestra of Japan, the Tampere Philharmonic of Finland, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore, Seattle, Indianapolis, American Composers’, the Houston Symphony Orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. and the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall in New York.

Santiago Rodriguez holds a master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied on full scholarship as a pupil of Adele Marcus, and he completed his undergraduate studies magna cum laude with William Race at the University of Texas-Austin.

Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $14 for seniors and military, $12 for UWF faculty, staff and non-UWF students and $6 for high school students and younger. UWF students receive free admission with a valid Nautilus card. For more information or to reserve tickets, please contact the CFPA Box Office at 850.857.6285 or

Location Information:
UWF Pensacola Campus - Building 82 - Center for Fine and Performing Arts  (View Map)
11000 University Pkwy.
Pensacola, FL 32514
Phone: 850.857.6057
Room: Music Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Jerre Brisky
Phone: 8508576285
Music Hall Artist Series presents Santiago Rodriguez
Who Can Attend?
  • Current Students
  • Prospective Students
  • Students' Families
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Alumni
  • General Public
  • Division/College:
    Academic Affairs: College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Music Department
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