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Texas pianist brings eclectic flair to Victoria Bach Festival

By Bianca Montes
June 4, 2013 at 1:04 a.m.

Beethoven And Beyond

• WHEN: Noon Wednesday

• WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 407 N. Bridge St.

• COST: Free

• Pianist Faith DeBow will perform a solo recital featuring Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 18 interwoven with contemporary compositions.

Week at a glance

Line Upon Line Percussion

• WHEN: Noon Thursday

• WHERE: The Golden Gecko, 202 E. Forrest St., Victoria

COST: Free

Under the Influence

• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

• WHERE: Leo J. Welder Center, 214 N. Main St., Victoria

COST: $20-$30 per ticket

Dutch Treat

• WHEN: Noon Friday

• WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 407 N. Bridge St., Victoria

COST: Free

Mundi: A Modern Harvest of Ancient Sounds

• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday

• WHERE: Leo J. Welder Center, 214 N. Main St., Victoria

COST: $20-$30 per ticket

Big Bang

• WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Victoria Public Library, 302 N. Main St., Victoria

COST: Free

Monumental Beethoven Missa Solemnis

• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

• WHERE: Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive, Victoria

• COST: $30-$40 per ticket

For information on purchasing tickets, visit victoriabachfestival.org or call 361-570-5788.

Stepping outside of the box may be what pianist Faith DeBow became known for in Victoria last fall. After all, she performed a solo piece using not only her fingers but also her nose.

DeBow's background includes a Grammy nomination, performing in several states across the country as well as eight countries and teaching piano at Texas State University.

Victoria residents will have a chance to once again enjoy DeBow perform composer David Rakowski's "Schnozzage" on Wednesday during her solo performance of Beethoven and Beyond.

Q: Your nose? Why your nose?

A: That's how the composer wrote it. I found it through someone's blog, and I thought, "That's a fun piece." It's actually a beautiful piece of music. I'd been waiting years to play it.

Q: Your musical taste and background are quite eclectic. Do you find yourself blending the styles?

A: I definitely do, and I do that with this particular program. I like seeking out brand new things. I just love the variety. For me, everything just feeds off of each other. What I really enjoy is that there's something anyone can relate to.

Q: You've performed all over the world. Does anything change when you perform in a small town?

A: I'd say no. The audience is warm and welcome all over the world, particularly in Victoria. Musicians love to be there.



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