WVU COLLEGE OF CREATIVE ARTS
Calendar of Events
August 17-23, 2015
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about ticketed events, call (304) 293-SHOW. For information about any College of Creative Arts event, call the Publicity Office at (304) 293-4359. Events on this calendar are subject to change. For the latest information, see our web calendar at www.ccarts.wvu.edu/
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Tuesday, August 18
DOCTORAL RECITAL, Onpavee Nitisingkarin, piano, 7:30 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). The program will include “The Banshee” by Henry Cowell (1897-1965), which features the technique of playing inside the piano. The second piece will be the light and cheerful “Variations on a Theme from ‘Armide,’ Op. 57,” by Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837). The first half of the program will end with the last six variations from the very large 20th-century work, “The People United Will Never be Defeated,” by Frederic Rzewski (1938- ). The entire second half of the program will be focus on the master work “Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178” by Franz Liszt (1811-1886). The concert is free and open to the public.
Sunday, August 23
CHRISTINE KEFFERSTAN MEMORIAL CONCERT, 2 p.m., Gladys G. Davis Theatre. Christine Kefferstan was professor of piano in the WVU School of Music for 35 years, before she passed away last August. Several of her former students will perform this memorial concert, which is being organized by Luke Frazier, who graduated in 2007 in piano performance. Frazier also recently established the Christine Kefferstan Memorial Piano Scholarship in the School of Music.
Pianists on the program include Zach Wilson, now a doctoral student at the University of Texas, performing one of his original compositions; Lisa Withers, associate professor of piano at Emory & Henry College, performing Debussy’s “Estampes-Pagodes” because Christine Kefferstan was known for her Debussy and Ravel; and Christine’s daughter, Mary Kefferstan, who is on the faculty of the New School for Music Study in Kingston, New Jersey, performing the first movement of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto. Kefferstan’s former student Solee Lee-Clark will perform Two Sonatas by Scarlatti and Joyce Wang will perform a collaborative piece with current WVU flute student Keith Hanlon because Kefferstan was known for her collaborative piano performances.
Members of the WVU School of Music faculty and the WVU Symphony Orchestra will also be part of the concert. Frazier programed Ravel’s “Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte” for the orchestra because this was the first piece that he and Christine Kefferstan ever worked on together. Cellist Susan Bestul and violinist Margie Cooper, who performed in the Sarasvati Trio with Kefferstan for many years, will also perform with the orchestra. Cooper will perform “Meditation” from the opera “Tha�s,” and Bestul will join the Orchestra for “Rachmaninov Vocalise.” For the concert finale, members of the WVU choirs will join the orchestra for a performance of “Think on Me,” arranged by James Mulholland. Frazier said the concert will also include short videos of Christine playing, as well as interviews with people who knew her. The concert is free and open to the public.
CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts