Shepherd Music Salon Series

Shepherdstown, WV-Shepherd University Music Department announces its 2012-2013 Salon Series in the W.H. Shipley Recital Hall of the Frank Arts Center. Inaugurated last year, the series of monthly performances are free and open to the public. All performances begin at 8:00 p.m.

This year's recital series opens on Thursday, September 6th with pianist Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao. Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Shepherd University, Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao brings her expertise in the field of contemporary and Spanish keyboard music. A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Dr. Liao began her musical studies in Tung-Hai University, Taichung, Taiwan, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She received her Masters and Doctoral Degrees of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from University of Texas at Austin under Danielle Martin, Dariusz Pawlas, and Gregory Allen. She is a piano soloist, collaborative artist, and music educator, with a repertoire in instrumental, chamber, vocal and choral music in many styles. Dr. Liao has worked with the "American Repertory Ensemble" and performed piano solo, chamber and accompanying vocal music in the company's performance series. Her solo performance of "Valses Poeticos" Passion at Play with A.R.E. was nominated for best instrumentalist in the Austin Critics Table Award. In 2010, she gave a piano lecture-recital based on her book published in 2009. Dr. Liao joined the faculty at Shepherd University in the fall of 2011.

On Thursday, October 11th, pianist Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao, and baritone Dr. Rob Tudor, join forces for a recital featuring romantic arrangements of Sephardic songs by Alberto Hemsi, lieder by Hans Pfitzner, songs by American composer Ben Moore and music theater selections. Praised by The Washington Post for his "powerful singing voice" and "notable acting skills", Dr. Tudor has performed opera, musical theatre, cabaret, and concert works throughout the United States. A champion of innovative performance practice, Tudor has designed thematic art song recitals and works employing visual media, including paintings and sculpture inspired by the poetry of the text, for performances throughout the nation. Dr. Tudor is the Director of Vocal Studies and Chair of the Department of Music at Shepherd University.

Cellist Stephen Czarkowski and pianist Scott Beard will perform two major works for cello and piano on Thursday, November 15th, Beethoven's Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 5 No. 2 in g minor and Frederic Chopin's Sonata, Op. 65 for cello and piano. As members of the Two Rivers Chamber Players, Stephen Czarkowski and Scott Beard have performed well-received chamber music concerts throughout the region. Their programs for strings, piano and winds have featured music from Beethoven to Bruch, Brahms and Piazzolla. Beethoven's Cello Sonatas, Opus 5 are dedicated to the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II. Beethoven wrote the brilliant piano part with the intention of performing the work himself. An extended adagio opening leads to an intense allegro movement followed by a joyful and extended rondo in G major. The sonata by Chopin was written in 1846 and is one of only nine works published during his lifetime that were written for instruments other than piano. This harmonically rich and complex work is full of Chopin's trademark melodic craft, with unexpected moments of counterpoint. The cello sonata was one of his last works to be published during his lifetime.

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 audiences will be treated to a Shepherd Jazz Faculty Concert, featuring Dr. Kurtis Adams on saxophone, Dr. Mark Cook on piano, David Marsh on bass, Ronnie Shaw on drums and special guest, Mike Kamuf on trumpet. The Shepherd Jazz faculty represent some of the most outstanding performers and educators in the area. The inspiration for the music on the program comes from Miles Davis' landmark 1949 recording Birth of the Cool. These compositions inspired the Cool School movement in jazz during the 1950s.

The Shepherd Three, flutist Anne Munro, oboist Gregory Shook and bassoonist Richard Polonchak, will perform on Thursday, February 7th, 2013. The trio are Shepherd University Department of Music faculty and members of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra. They have performed together since 2005 and will be joined on harpsichord by Dr. Laura Renninger, Dean of Teaching and Learning and coordinator of the music history and appreciation programs at Shepherd. The Shepherd Three have performed throughout the region bringing their love of performing and chamber music to students and community members. Their programs feature unique chamber music from the early baroque to transcriptions of contemporary works.

The final recital of the Salon Series will once again feature pianist Dr. Scott Beard on Thursday, March 7th, 2013. Well-known to area audiences for his innovative programs that have been critically acclaimed for their passion and poetry, Scott Beard will present a program highlighting classical piano music with jazz influences. This program, Intersections, was developed from a presentation this past summer on transcriptions of music by American composer George Gershwin. Featuring a unique blend of music that connects the worlds of jazz and poplar music with traditional concert works, the program will include compositions by J. S. Bach, Canadian Composer Francois Morel, French Composer Olivier Messaien, Ukranian composer Nikolai Kapustin, as well as song transcriptions by George Gershwin and noted virtuoso pianist Earl Wild.

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