Powerhouse Nashville pianist Craig Nies likes to collect the whole set and share it with his friends. Hes currently working through the entirety of Bachs encyclopedic Well-Tempered Clavier in a four-year series of solo concerts presenting the set of 48 preludes and fugues alongside works of other composers. Since joining the Blair School of Music faculty in 1991, Nies has given Nashville concertgoers many chances to share the fruits of his sustained attention to a single composer, offering complete set series of works by Debussy, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and others. The pianists superb technical control, intellectual depth and broad expressive range always make his interpretations rich and satisfying. Well-loved by his students and by audiences from the Lincoln Center to the Czech Republic, Nies is a Nashville must-hear. The free concert at Blair also features Ravels Baroque-flavored Le Tombeau de Couperin and Chopins final piano sonata. Admission is free.
Fri., Feb. 20, 8 p.m., 2009