Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pianists for Pianists in Benefit Concert

What do you get when eleven pianists play selections from eight composers in a single concert? A Piano Extravaganza, of course— on Sunday afternoon, November 15 in the Fulkerson Recital Hall, to benefit the HSU Guest Pianist Series.

The lineup of pianists includes HSU Music professor Daniela Mineva and staff pianist John Chernoff, as well as students Emily Loeffler, Ellen Marie, Molly Newkirk, Robert Spencer, Jonathan Webster, Joe Welnick, Melanie Kuhnel, Biranne Gill and Valerie Reed.

The program includes the first movement of Beethoven’s “Emperior” Concerto, Bach’s Tocatta in E Minor and Prelude in E Major, Mozart’s Sonata in G Major, and Debussy’s “The Little Shepherd.” The pianists will also play compositions by Brahms, Grieg, Haydn and Scarlatti, with each selection introduced by student Jonathan Webster.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the HSU Music Department Guest Pianist Series, begun by Deborah Clasquin in 2002. The series not only sponsors public performances by renowned guest artists, but master classes offered without charge to HSU students and the community.

The Piano Extravaganza to benefit the Guest Pianist Series is a matinee concert on Sunday, November 15 at 2 PM in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets are $8, $3 students and seniors, from the HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door.

Media: Humboldt State Now, North Coast Journal.

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