ST. GEORGE, Utah — As part of its Celebrate Steinway campaign to become an All-Steinway School, the Dixie State University Department of Music will host Duo Fortin-Poirier, a pair of classical pianists.
Comprised of Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier, Duo Fortin-Poirier will bring its concert Vingt Doigts et un Piano (Twenty Fingers and a Piano) to St. George. The concert, which highlights the duo’s lively, explosive style, is set to take place at 7:30 p.m. on April 15 in the Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State University campus.
“These two extraordinary artists present a unique slice of the piano repertoire: one piano, four hands,” Dr. Jeffery Jarvis, dean of Dixie Sate’s College of the Arts, said. “This music is rarely performed, and these two Canadians are among the best in the world at performing this music. People will not want to miss the virtuosity of these two artists nor miss the delightful, interesting music.”
Known for their dynamism and ease on stage, Duo Fortin-Poirier’s performance will take concertgoers through popular and lesser known music, highlighting different interpretations of each work.
Fortin and Poirier graduated from the Université de Montréal with master’s degrees and specialized graduate diplomas. Since forming the group in 2005, the pianists have toured internationally, won first prize at many music competitions and festivals, and recently finished second at the Roma International Piano Competition.
“This event celebrates our newest Steinway acquisition, a 9-foot Steinway donated by Zions Bank last June,” Jarvis said. “All proceeds from the event will go to help Dixie State University purchase another Steinway piano. So, patrons get to enjoy a fantastic concert and support our All-Steinway efforts at the same time.”
Concert tickets are $15 and available through the DSU Box Office by calling 435-652-7800, visiting dsutix.com or stopping by the ticket office in the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center on the Dixie State University campus.