Montclair Native Son to Perform French Piano Masterpieces 
at Temple Sholom of West Essex in October

September, 2018-- Pianist Evan Mitchell will present a piano concert entitled “En Blanc et Noir” celebrating French composers on Sunday, October 14 at 2pm at Temple Sholom of West Essex, 760 Pompton Avenue in Cedar Grove. 

Admission is free, but a $18 per couple suggested donation will support the vibrant Cedar Grove Music Matters program. Music Matters is a family-teacher organization dedicated to supporting staff, students, and activities within the Cedar Grove High School Music Department. As a huge supporter of Music and Arts Education, Music Matters also strives to advocate for students by working to ensure access to music in school, as well as in their daily lives.

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Seating for the concert is general admission at the door. The concert is generously sponsored by Dr Lynne B Harrison. Coffee and refreshments will be served. For any questions regarding the concert, please write to the temple office at

The program, “En Blanc et Noir,” features colorful French music from the 18th to 20th centuries, including Jean-Philippe Rameau (Baroque period), Gabriel Fauré (late Romantic), and the two giants of early twentieth-century Paris, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Most notably, Mitchell will perform in their entirety the twelve Études of Debussy. The études are among the final works Debussy completed, and their daunting musical and intellectual challenges make performing the complete set in concert a rarity. Also on the program is Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, a work that serves as a double memorial to both the composers of the French Baroque, as well as the victims of World War I (each movement is dedicated to a friend Ravel lost in the war).

Lauded for his “impassioned and vigorous” playing (Pianomania), pianist Evan Mitchell has established himself as a bold and versatile artist. His richly varied schedule of nearly 100 performances per year includes solo recitals, concerti, chamber music, outreach, and orchestral keyboard work. His performances have been deemed “incredibly beautiful” (Fanfare), “amazing” (Fort Worth Weekly), and “no less than stunning” (Lima News). Evan’s new recording of world premieres with bassist Szymon Marciniak is earning rave reviews; most recently, Bass World called their performances “intoxicating,” deeming this “a seminal recording.” He is also featured on the 2012 release “Piano de Pampa y Jungla: A Collection of Latin American Piano Music.”

A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Evan began his studies with Dr. Thomas Parente and continued with Dr. Brandt Fredriksen at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. Evan holds degrees from the Indiana University-Bloomington Jacobs School of Music and Texas Christian University. His principal teachers have included John Owings, Arnaldo Cohen, and the late José Feghali, and he has worked with numerous artist-teachers including Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky, Barry Douglas, and Ann Schein. For more information, please visit