FSU’s Department of Music to Present Pianists Dr. Jay DeWire and Dr. Joseph Yungen in Faculty Artist Series Concert
Frostburg State University’s Department of Music will present pianists Dr. Jay DeWire and Dr. Joseph Yungen in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public. If you can't attend the recital, it will also be livestreamed; click the 'Join Stream' button on this page a few minutes before the recital is scheduled to begin, or anytime during the recital, to view the live performance..
The program will include “Sonata for Two Pianos” by Igor Stravinsky, “Sonata for Two Pianos in F Minor, Op. 34b” by Johannes Brahms and “Suite No. 2, Op. 17” by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Stravinsky’s “Sonata for Two Pianos” premiered in 1944. First conceived as a solo work, Stravinsky needed to write it for four hands to voice all four melodic lines clearly. It is considered one of his most important compositions for two solo pianos, together with “Concerto for Two Pianos.” The sonata is in three movements.
The four-movement piece, “Sonata for Two Pianos in F Minor, Op. 34b,” composed in 1864, is generally considered the fruition of Brahms’ entire early period. It is full of the romantic passion and vigor of the early works, yet demonstrates the complete mastery and control of form and effect that Brahms achieved later on in his output.
Rachmaninoff’s “Suite No. 2, Op. 17” is a composition for two pianos in four movements, written in Italy in 1901. Alongside the “Second Piano Concerto, Op.18,” it confirmed a return of creativity for the composer after four unproductive years caused by negative critical reception toward his “First Symphony.” In contrast to the “First Suite for Two Pianos,” the work is not based on literature, and its form tends to approach the traditional suite.
DeWire has performed across the United States as a soloist, collaborator and member of the West Shore Piano Trio. Highlights include two performances as a soloist with the Prince George’s Philharmonic. He has appeared in several competitions, received an honorable mention at the Washington, D.C., Beethoven Competition and was a finalist in the American Musicological Society (Mid-Atlantic Chapter) Writing Competition. DeWire has also received numerous prizes, including the Brander Wyatt Morrison Prize and a Dean of Faculty Fellowship at the University of Virginia. He teaches piano and history at FSU.
Yungen is a successful solo performer, collaborative artist, new music advocate and teacher. Notable achievements include winning the Audience Favorite award in the 2008 Seattle International Piano Competition, winning first prize in the 88th annual Bruce P. Carlson Schubert Club Piano competition in Minneapolis and, in 2013, being named the featured soloist in the Hans Abrahamsen Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with Musica Nova. Yungen teaches piano at FSU.
The University is following CDC guidance based on current conditions in the area. Currently, FSU expects masks to be worn indoors when in the presence of others, regardless of vaccination status. Visitors to campus must visit www.frostburg.edu/checkin for symptom monitoring.
For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Wednesday, November 17 at 7:30pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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