Soprano Janis-Rozena Peri, a longtime member of the West Virginia University music faculty, will present a special concert at 8:15 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 25).
The concert, described as apost-64th birthday and pre-retirement celebration,will be in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (Room 200A) of the Creative Arts Center on the Evansdale Campus. The recital is free and open to the public.
Peri will be joined by WVU music faculty Jack Crotty, harpsichord and piano; Catherine Crotty, piano; Francesca Arnone, flute; Maggie Snyder, viola; and WVU student Rebecca Buxton, double bass.
The program will include works by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Peter Tchaikovsky (sung in Russian), Sergei Prokofiev, Carlos Guastavino, Margaret Bonds and Zenobia Powell Perry (Peris mother).
Peri received a bachelor of music degree in piano from Otterbein College and a master of music degree in voice from Miami (Ohio) University. She has performed in major venues in New York City and throughout the United States and Europe.
Peri has taken an active role in performing and advocating for the performance of works by women, especially black women composers.
She was appointed to the WVU faculty in 1985, and she has maintained an active performing schedule while involving herself in many aspects of University life.
Arnone has performed as a soloist and ensemble player throughout the United States and Mexico. A winner of the National Flute Associations Doctoral Dissertation and Convention Performers Competition, she was appointed to the WVU faculty in 2006.
Snyder has performed as a soloist at principal venues throughout the United States and internationally. As an orchestral player, she has performed under conductors James Levine, Yuri Temikanov, David Zinman, Robert Spano and Michael Tilson Thomas.
She was a semifinalist at the Primrose Memorial Scholarship Competition in Chicago, and she recently performed a recital of Russian Premieres of new American Music in St. Petersburg House of Composers. She joined the WVU faculty in 2006.
Jack Crotty has accompanied Peri in performances throughout the United States in repertoire as diverse as Johann Sebastian Bach, Claude Debussy, Johannes Brahms and Arnold Schoenberg. He has been a member of the WVU music faculty since 1986.
Catharine Crotty has performed extensively as an accompanist and chamber music player. For more than 20 years, she was principal pianist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. She and Patricia van der Sloot perform regularly as the Pino Grigio Duo, and she is a member of the WVU Community Arts Program faculty.
Buxton, a native of Gettysburg, Pa., is a sophomore WVU honors student studying for a bachelors degree in music. Her principal instrument is the double bass.