Csurgai-Schmitt featured at piano concert on Oct. 18

Photo courtesy of Gretchen Ackermann
Pianist Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt will be featured in the first in a series of fall concerts at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church Oct. 18.

DEARBORN — Dearborn Symphony pianist-in residence Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt will be featured in the first of a series of concerts this fall at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church, 24110 Cherry Hill.

The 90-minute concert Oct. 18 will be staged in the church sanctuary beginning at 7:30 p.m. Csurgai-Schmitt will play favorite works by composers Beethoven, Chopin., Debussy and Ravel.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students. For information, call 313-563-4800.

The awarding-winning pianist has performed extensively in the Detroit area with orchestra and in solo and chamber music performances. She will perform on the church’s new 97-key Bosendorfer piano.

She last appeared on stage with the Dearborn Symphony when she played the Liszt “Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra” in April 2010, substituting in the last moment for the injured soloist.

Csurgai-Schmitt has been pianist for performances with the Friends of the Opera, the Verdi Opera Theatre and was music director of the Bellini Opera Theatre. She has received the Artist/Performers Award from the Dearborn Council of the Arts and the Commemorative Award of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution from the Hungarian Freedom Fighters Association for her performances and artistic contribution to Hungarian-American culture in metropolitan Detroit and Windsor.

Csurgai-Schmitt is on the faculty at Marygrove and Madonna colleges.