Canadian-Austrian Pianist Anton Kuerti, 75, was taken by ambulance to South Miami Hospital after leaving the stage yesterday evening during a recital at Coral Gables Congregational Church. Dorothy Hidman writes on ‘South Florida Classical Reviews’: « Kuerti began the first work, the tender Rondo in G major, Op. 51, No. 29, with exceptionally clear tone, restraint, and reverence. The pianist’s performance suddenly deteriorated into multiple repetitions of the closing theme, which some interpreted initially as a private musical joke. Kuerti’s growing disorientation and numerous stops and starts during the second of the Eleven Bagatelles, Op. 119, signaled clearly to the large audience that something was terribly wrong. Santiago Rodriguez, professor of keyboard performance at the Frost School of Music, gently approached Kuerti mid-piece, and eventually succeeded in coaxing him off the stage to a standing ovation. FOCM chairman William Hipp announced an intermission. » Later the concert was canceled. So far there is no information available about the condition of Mr. Kuerti.

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