West Virginia University Professor of Piano Christine Kefferstan will be joined by her daughter, pianist Mary Kefferstan, for a recital at the Creative Arts Center, Thursday, Aug. 22.

The concert begins at 6 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (Room 200A) and is free and open to the public.

This recital will feature the program that the Kefferstans performed during their tour of Asia this summer, where they performed at Sedaya College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Gloriamus School in Jakarta; and in Medan, Indonesia.

The program includes: J.S. Bach’s “Concerto for two pianos in c minor BWV 1060,” written between 1729 and 1741 when Bach was director of the Leipzig Collegium musicum (a student musical society); Rachmaninoff’s “Suite #2 Waltz, Op. 17,” composed in Italy in the first months of 1901; “Juba Dance” by R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943), from the “Suite In the Bottoms”; and “Variations on a theme of Haydn” by J. Brahms, written in 1873 in Bavaria using a theme in B-flat major based on a “Chorale St Antoni,” eight variations, and a finale.

Christine Kefferstan graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where she earned her doctorate with Israeli pianist David Bar-Illan. Recent international performances include recitals in London at St. Martin–in-the-Fields (2008 and 2010) and a performance for the 2010 British Flute Society in Manchester, England. Additional solo performances include recitals at the National Institute of Culture and History in Belize City, Belize; the Stifel Fine Arts Series, Wheeling; the Silver Series, Plymouth, N.H.; and the Steinway Society Series, Pittsburgh. She is a founding member of the Sarasvati Piano Trio. Selected appearances include The College Music Society 2006 National Conference in San Antonio, and the 2007 International Conference for Music Teachers National Association-Canadian Federation of Music Teachers and the Royal College of Music in Toronto.

Mary Kefferstan is a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. She has appeared at numerous music festivals throughout the United States and abroad, including Point CounterPoint Vermont, Casalmaggiore Italy International Festival, ARIA International Academy, Chautauqua NY Music Festival, Brevard NC Music Center, and the Bowdoin Maine International Music Festival. In 2008, she won the Duquesne University Concerto Competition performing Beethoven Emperor Concerto and appeared as soloist with Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra performing Ravel concerto in G. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Duquesne University, where she studied with Natasha Snitkovsky, and she recently completed a Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, where she studied with Laura Melton. She will be a full-time faculty member of the New School for Music Study in Kingston, N.J., beginning Fall 2013.

During their Asian tour in late July and early August, the Kefferstans also taught classes at UCSI Sedaya college in Malaysia, at three schools in Jakarta (Jcom, Maestro, and Gloriamus) and also taught a master class at Irama music school in Medan, Indonesia.

They were hosted by WVU piano alumni Christine Tan in Malaysia, Mario Santoso and Pinkcheer Tamio in Jakarta, and Marchia Yodhian in Indonesia.

For more information about the recital, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4359.



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4359, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu

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