Maestro Raymond Leppard returns to the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center to open the Faculty Artist Concert Series season with music of J.S. Bach, Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn, and Francis Poulenc. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. pre-concert discussion.

The pre-concert session, hosted by Paul Krasnovsky, focuses on Mr. Leppard’s recently published book of memoirs, “Music Made Me.”

Music of Poulenc opens the concert, with Mr. Leppard teaming with Richard Ratliff in three of the French master’s pieces for two pianos. Ariana Kim joins Maestro Leppard and the Festival Orchestra in J.S. Bach’s lively Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042. Kathleen Hacker offers a group of Mendelssohn songs with Mr. Leppard at the piano. The Festival Orchestra returns as Maestro Leppard concludes the evening with Haydn’s imaginative Symphony No. 47 in G Major (“The Palindrome”) from 1772.  As a meditative prelude to the festive evening, Pamela French performs the premiere of "The Empty Sky" for solo oboe by Butler University Professor Frank Felice, written in memory of 9/11.

Maestro Raymond Leppard, one of the most respected international conductors of our time, has appeared with practically all the world’s leading orchestras in his six decades on the podium. Mr. Leppard has conducted more than 170 recordings, earning five Grammy awards, a Grand Prix Mondial du Disque, a Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, and an Edison Prize. Recent travels have taken him to the orchestras of Warsaw, Budapest, Granada, the Scottish National Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, the Manhattan and Juilliard Schools, and the Colorado Symphony.

Admission is free to the public. For more information, please contact the Event Ticketing Center at 788-3251.