The Washington Post reviewed a recital by pianist John O'Connor, which was part of the Washington International Piano Festival at the School of Music. A review also appeared of the final performance. See the articles below.

John O'Conor performs at Catholic University for International Piano Festival

From: Washington Post Date: July 28, 2014 Author: Cecelia Porter

The Washington International Piano Festival opened Sunday at Catholic University's Ward Recital Hall with an imposing recital by Irish pianist John O'Conor, who teaches at the Shenandoah Conservatory. Offering a fresh take on some timeless staples of the piano repertoire, O'Conor began with Beethoven's Six Bagatelles, Op. 126, followed by his Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13 (the "Pathétique"), and Schubert's wrenching late Sonata in C minor, D. 958. ...

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Rodriguez ends International Piano Festival with imaginative takes on classical pieces

From: Washington Post Date: Aug. 4, 2014 Author: Joan Reinthaler

It could hardly have been more fitting than that the concluding concert of this year's Washington International Piano Festival was as much a master class in structure versus improvisation as it was a recital. Pianist Santiago Rodriguez was the teacher/performer, and his program, Sunday at Catholic University's Ward Hall, was full of textbook examples of pieces in which composers explored both possibilities. ...

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