Dr. Jay DeWire to Present FSU Faculty Artist Series Concert, “Updates Are Ready”
Frostburg State University’s Department of Music will kick off the fall semester with a concert, “Updates Are Ready,” by pianist Dr. Jay DeWire in a Faculty Artist Series performance on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. The recital is free and open to the public.
DeWire’s program will include “Variations sérieuses, Op. 54” by Felix Mendelssohn, “Le tombeau de Couperin” by Maurice Ravel and “Piano Sonata in B Minor” by Franz Liszt.
Mendelssohn’s popular “Variations sérieuses, Op. 54” for solo piano consists of a theme in D minor and 17 variations. The work was completed in 1841 as part of a campaign to raise funds for the erection of a large bronze statue of Ludwig van Beethoven in his hometown of Bonn.
Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” composed between 1914 and 1917, is a suite for solo piano in six movements based on those of a traditional Baroque suite. Each movement is dedicated to the memory of a friend of the composer (or in one case, two brothers) who had died fighting in World War I.
Liszt’s technically difficult “Piano Sonata in B Minor” (“Klaviersonate h-moll”) for solo piano was completed in 1853 and published in 1854 with a dedication to Robert Schumann, in return for Schumann’s dedication of his “Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17” to Liszt.
DeWire, a frequent solo performer and member of the West Shore Trio, has appeared up and down the Eastern seaboard and is becoming known for his dynamic interpretations of 20th-century works and his “old world flair.” Recent performance highlights include The Kirchner Project, a tribute to Leon Kirchner and his music, and the Aspen Music Festival. DeWire has recorded three live performance solo CDs, including an all 20th-century concert that includes works by Ravel, Debussy, Bartok, Rzewski and Messiaen. He has also recorded an all-Brahms concert featuring recently discovered Gavottes, which he arranged and completed for concert performance.
For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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