Pianist Marc-André Hamelin opens Candlelight Concerts season

Wilton Candlelight Concerts will open its 67th season Sunday, Sept. 28, with a return engagement by pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin at 4 p.m., at the Wilton Congregational Church on Ridgefield Road.

Mr. Hamelin, who last performed here in January, will play works by Field, Debussy, Beethoven, and Schubert, as well as his own compositions. His appearance in Wilton will follow his tour stop at the Festival International Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, France.

In addition to his performances of established pieces, Mr. Hamelin is known for exploring lesser known works of the 19th and 20th centuries. His most recent CD was released by Hyperion in June and features music by Schumann and Janacek. It was selected as recording of the month by both Gramophone and BBC Music magazine.

“I do have an adventurous spirit, and I think it’s important to constantly refresh the repertoire,” he said in an interview published in The Daily Telegraph in April 2011. “I do love exploring new things.”

Of Debussy, whose work he will perform in Wilton, Mr. Hamelin said, “No one else has such a fascinating mastery of the sensuousness of the piano combined with a true science of music.”

Known as a master technician, Mr. Hamelin added the most difficult part of performing is not the “mechanical, it’s projecting the emotional content.”

Mr. Hamelin won the Carnegie Hall Competition in 1985 and has appeared as recitalist or as soloist with orchestras in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Portland, Quebec, Antwerp, Berlin, London, Melbourne, Rotterdam, and Milan among others.

Tickets for the Sept. 28 concert may be obtained at the door for $30; $25 for seniors and students; 16 years old and under, free.

Information: wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org. To be added to the brochure mailing list for the 2015/2016 concert season, call 203-762-3401. Candlelight Concerts benefit the Wilton Library Association.