A Grand Piano Celebration Supports School of Music Students

Posted: September 17, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: September 18, 2013 at 7:03 am

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Linda Apple Monson

Linda Apple Monson, associate director of the School of Music, will perform at the concert. Photo courtesy of the School of Music

George Mason University’s School of Music will present a concert of talented student soloists and faculty artists in A Grand Piano Celebration. The concert takes place on Sunday, September 22, at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

Funds raised by the Grand Piano Celebration will support student scholarships and programs in the School of Music.

The concert features musical performances by undergraduate and graduate students of works by some of the world’s most famous composers. These include:

  • Lydia Holt performing Charles Griffes,
  • Alisa Hirscher performing Johannes Brahms,
  • Michelle Richardson and Andrew Miller performing Sergei Prokofiev,
  • HyunJi Kim performing Frederic Chopin, and
  • Martin Gallegos performing Astor Piazzolla.

In addition, several faculty artists will also showcase their talent:

  • Linda Apple Monson, associate director of the School of Music, director of keyboard studies, University Distinguished Service Professor and International Steinway Artist, will perform solo piano works by Spanish composers Albeñiz and Turina.
  • Lisa Berger, professor of voice, will join Monson to present “Tríptico” by Turina.
  • Anna Balakerskaia, professor of piano, and Claire Eichhorn, clarinetist and artistic director of the Ensemble da Camera of Washington, will perform “Fantasiestücke” by Schumann.

The performance concludes with a lively rendition of duo-piano music from composers Brahms and Piazzola by Monson and Balakerskaia. This will be followed by an eight-hands piano performance on two pianos of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” by Monson; Balakerskaia; Yoonji Kim, keyboard skills faculty; and Ina Mirtcheva, a doctor of Musical Arts candidate and keyboard skills faculty.

Through the private support of individual donors and matching funds from the university, the School of Music was able to purchase new Steinway grand pianos for its practice rooms and teaching studios, and in 2007, George Mason was named an All-Steinway School. Rapidly expanding facilities for music students in the past several years have led to the School of Music acquiring many additional Steinway pianos for teaching studios and practice rooms. The newly renovated Fine Arts Building, now called the Music/Theater Building, features 23 additional Steinway pianos.

To purchase tickets to the concert, see the website.

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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