Lompoc resident and concert pianist Wiliam Koseluk will present an afternoon of piano classics as part of a Lompoc Music Association program, beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Valley of the Flowers United Church of Christ, 3346 Constellation Road.
Tickets for the show, which will be available at the door, are $20 for adults and $6 for students.
Koseluk is scheduled to perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a, also known as “Les Adieux”; Brahms’ Four Pieces for Piano, Op. 119; and Paderewski’s Piano Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 21.
Having begun his piano studies at the age of 4, Koseluk went on to study with several acclaimed piano teachers, including Harold Pries, Robert Black and Ylda Novik. He has won several national piano contests, including the Baldwin Piano Competition, and has appeared as a soloist or chamber musician in the U.S., the United Kingdom and other European locales.
Locally, Koseluk has appeared with the West Coast Symphony on seven occasions, with the California Mozart Festival, the Southern California Fall Festival, and has performed in numerous recitals at the Music Academy of the West.
As a composer, his major work, “The Maturation of a Circle,” is a cycle of 360 pieces for solo piano more than seven hours in length, which may claim the record for “longest non-repetitive piano work.”
“To say that this is a rarely heard work is an understatement, for there are probably only a handful of people on the planet who have taken the time and trouble to master its considerable difficulties,” commentator Lynwood Bronson wrote in a review of Koseluk’s performance of Paderewski’s Piano Sonata in E-flat minor at the Paderewski Festival. “Koseluk’s powerful and sensitive performance was totally convincing and left you wanting to hear this piece again, and sooner rather than later.”
Diana Diaz, an operatic soprano who was originally scheduled to appear with Koseluk, will not perform due to an illness, according to the Lompoc Music Association.