Two faculty members from the West Virginia University Community Music Program, soprano Janis-Rozena Peri and pianist Catherine Crotty, will present a recital at the Creative Arts Center on Sunday (Sept. 16).

Assisting artists will be Dorothy Skidmore, flute and Jeanne Frieben, clarinet.

The program begins at 5 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall, room 200A. The recital is free and the public is invited to attend.

The program, titled “All in the Family,” will include songs of Francesca and Giulio Caccini, Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti, Lili and Nadia Boulanger, Robert and Clara Schumann, and Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn (Hensel).

After obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree in piano from Otterbein College and a Master of Music degree in voice from Miami University, Janis-Rozena Peri began studying and performing in New York City through the auspices of the Kate Neal Kinley Award. She has sung in a variety of venues: solo recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall and Town Hall in New York City; Serena in Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” in Birmingham, Ala.; Frankie in the Schweitzer Tourn�e Theatre production of “Carmen Jones” in Germany and Holland; and songs of Alma Mahler in the CBS “Camera Three” presentation of “Gustav Mahler in New York.” Peri retired from WVU’s music faculty in May 2008.

Catherine Crotty was principal keyboardist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years and for 18 years was a member of the artist faculty of the WVU Community Arts program where she taught many prize-winning students. She has a long and rich experience as a chamber musician and accompanist. Presently, in addition to concertizing with Peri, Crotty is a member of the Vandalia Trio. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from WVU and Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College’s Conservatory of Music.

For more information about the recital, contact the Community Music Program at (304) 293-4532 or visit



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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