Pianist Laura Kargul will present a program of Romantic period works Sunday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. at the First Church UCC, 104 Church St.

Kargul has been concertizing as a solo pianist since age 13, when she made her concert debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She holds a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Michigan and has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the West Indies.

Kargul is celebrating her 25th year on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine. Hired in 1989 to create a piano program, she has amassed an impressive group of piano students not only from Maine and northern New England, but also from Turkey, Ethiopia, Columbia, Romania, Mongolia, Russia, Belgium and Jamaica.

Kargul will open her program with two of Schubert's Klavierstücke which, she said, are intensely lyrical and have that poignant quality of folksong so characteristic of Schubert. The Variations on an Original Theme by Brahms will follow.

"This is the most poetic side of the young Brahms — heartbreakingly tender, passionate, spiritual. I feel like I'm reading from his diary," she said.

The program will conclude with Liszt's Sonata in B Minor, which Kargul deems one of the most exciting and theatrical pieces ever written for piano.

First Church is handicapped accessible using the Spring or Court Street entrances. The concert is free, although donations are appreciated. All are welcome. For more information, call 505-1694.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.