Saturday, March 26, 2011

Acclaimed Pianist Pamela Mia Paul Performs at HSU

As a pianist, she has been hailed as “a star among stars” and performed in major concert halls on four continents, including appearances with the world’s great orchestras. As a teacher, she has presented master classes in Europe, People's Republic of China and throughout the United States. On March 26 in Fulkerson Recital Hall, Pamela Mia Paul will perform a solo concert that includes works by Brahms and Debussy, and an American premiere. She will also teach a master class at HSU on March 25.

Pamela Mia Paul has performed with major symphonic orchestras including the Vienna Symphony, the Dutch Radio Symphony, New York Philharmonic and the symphonies of Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Detroit and other American cities, as well as the Boston Pops and New York Pops orchestras.

As a chamber musician, she has performed in the Salzburg and Bregenz music festivals as well as in other venues in Europe, Asia, Canada and various U.S. cities. Including her work as a soloist, she has received consistent critical praise for her interpretations of the standard classical repertoire as well as twentieth-century and contemporary music. She received her bachelor and master degrees and a Doctor of Musical Arts, all from the Julliard School. She is currently Regents Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas. She is professionally recognized as a Steinway Artist.

At HSU Pamela Mia Paul will perform two works by Johannes Brahms, and selections by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Her concert features the American premiere of a work by contemporary composer Andrew May, who is also her teaching colleague at the University of North Texas. May composed Charnel House (after Frederic Chopin) just last spring.

May’s work is not the first new composition Pamela Mia Paul has introduced. She performed the world premiere of American composer Robert Beaser’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, and its New York premiere at Carnegie Hall. She recorded this concerto with the American Composer’s Orchestra for the Eroica label.

In addition to her concert on Saturday evening, she will teach a master class on Friday, March 25 from noon to 1:30 pm in the Fulkerson Recital Hall at HSU. This class is free and open to the public.

Pianist Pamela Mia Paul performs on Saturday March 26 at 8 PM in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets: $8/$3 students and seniors from HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. This Guest Artist concert is produced by HSU Department of Music.

Media: Humboldt State Now, Arcata Eye

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