The Free Press, Mankato, MN


May 3, 2013

Welcome return


“I’m not thinking about sunsets,” Votapek said. He is, however, thinking about “being in front of the fingers; making sure the mind is ahead of what’s coming next; remembering the harmony.”

Louis Jaeger, the director of fine arts at Bethany, praises Votapek’s impeccable talent, describing him as one of the most “powerful” and most “alive” pianists out there.

“When he sits down at the piano, he’s absolutely amazing,” Jaeger said.

What’s even more amazing is the fact that because Balge was one of Votapek’s old pupils, you can literally hear his style infused into her student’s play. It is as if Votapek’s piano screamed from one generation and is now echoing into posterity.

“You can see this thread, either inborn or nurtured,” said Jaeger, explaining the long-term effects of Votapek’s teachings. “From intensity to detail and the obvious passion for the music, you can see Ralph in our students.”

Votapek’s performance will include pieces from Ludwig Van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Maurice Ravel and more.

If You Go What: Ralph Votapek performance When: 7 p.m. on Sunday Where: Bethany's Trinity Chapel Tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Tickets available at the door one hour prior to the performance.

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