Pianist Stephen Redfield and pianist Amber Shay Nicholson will present a guest artist recital titled “The Mendelssohn Project,” Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) of the Creative Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature the complete sonatas for violin and piano by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth.

The program will include: “Sonata in F Major” (1820); “Sonata in F Minor, Op. 4” (1823); and “Sonata in F Major” (1838-1839).

Redfield is a member of the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music faculty, where he performs with the Mississippi Chamber Circle and the Baroque duo HauptMusik. Throughout the year, he acts as concertmaster of the Santa Fe Pro Musica, and each summer plays with the Victoria Bach Festival, where his performances as concertmaster and soloist have been produced on discs and broadcast nationally. He also leads the second violin section in the Sunriver Festival, and is a member of the Oregon Bach Festival orchestra, where he has participated in numerous recordings, including the Grammy Award-winning disc “Credo.”

As a chamber musician, Redfield has performed internationally. He holds degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School, and the University of Texas. He performs regularly as a Baroque violinist.

Nicholson is an active performer, teacher, adjudicator and clinician. She holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and a doctorate in piano from Eastman School of Music, where she was a Liberace Scholar, won the 2001 Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 piano concerto competition, and was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. From 2004-2009, she was a member of the keyboard faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi. She currently lives and teaches in Youngsville, Pa.

Nicholson has performed as a soloist in Norway and Germany. In 1997, she received a special prize at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, Ukraine. She was also the only U.S. citizen to be accepted into the 2001 TCU/Van Cliburn International Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Texas.

For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4841, Ext. 3108.


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CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4841 ext. 3108, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu