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Concert to honor late Cliburn winner Feghali

Jose Feghali died on Dec.9, 2014, and will be remembered at a memorial concert Sunday.
Jose Feghali died on Dec.9, 2014, and will be remembered at a memorial concert Sunday. Star-Telegram

Former students, friends and world-famous pianists will send off the late José Feghali with a song.

Feghali, who committed suicide Dec. 9, will be celebrated with a memorial concert at TCU featuring performances by, among others, pianist Ricardo Veiga, cellists James Denton and Jesús Castro-Balbi, and TCU piano faculty chair John Owings. Feghali had been TCU’s artist-in-residence since 1990.

His former student and internationally known pianist Adam Golka will perform two pieces, including Brahms’ Ballade in B Major.

“We could have had a never-ending concert of people who wanted to honor José with performances,” said Richard Gipson, director of TCU’s School of Music.

Feghali won the gold medal at the 1985 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The most recent gold medalist, Vadym Kholodenko, will play Mozart’s Rondo in A minor as a nod to Feghali’s ties to the Cliburn Foundation.

The concert will be live-streamed here. While at TCU, Feghali was also coordinator of Internet technologies for the music school and fixed coding issues with videoconferencing programs to improve the audio quality for musical performances.

“José was our friend, our colleague, and he meant an enormous amount to the School of Music and to the university. And we … wanted to honor him and remember him, and what we do best is music,” Gipson said.

Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7631

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Memorial concert

The free concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Ed Landreth Auditorium, 2800 S. University Drive, at TCU. It will be live-streamed on the School of Music’s YouTube channel,