Dr. Maira Liliestedt to Perform Three-Part Piano Performance Series

March 17, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – This spring, Dr. Maira Liliestedt, associate professor of music, will perform a three-part piano series, “Con Passione," to conclude her spring sabbatical.

The title of the project, “Con Passione,” means “passionately" in Italian. The three performances at Mount Union will feature music to match their respective themes. The first performance, “Passionate Rose,” will be a solo piano recital of light, melancholy or humorous music at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30. The second piano recital, “Passionate Crimson,” will represent more fiery pieces including Beethoven’s “Appassionata” sonata, pieces by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and the Prokofiev Sixth Sonata. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6. The final performance, “Passionate Mozart,” to be presented with the Alliance Symphony Orchestra, will feature Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 466 and will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 12. All performances will take place in Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center for Performing Arts.

Liliestedt earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Bowling Green State University and Master and Doctor of Music degrees in piano from the University of Cincinnati. She enjoys exploring the piano music of Romantic composers, focusing especially on the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin. Liliestedt is also the director of “Piano Keys,” a piano recital that showcases the performances of advanced piano students and features some of the masterpieces of the piano repertoire. Held every semester on campus, Piano Keys offers an ever-changing variety of piano music.

The first two events are free and open to the public. Tickets for the final performance are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for Mount Union students. All tickets will be sold 30 minutes prior to the concert. For more information, contact the University of Mount Union’s Office of Visual and Performing Arts at (330) 823-2180.

Year of the Arts

The Year of the Arts will feature a number of special performances including nationally known groups. The event lineup for the year is being planned by the University’s Year of the Arts committee, which includes representatives of the departments of Art, Music and Theatre, along with several others on campus. In addition to special guest performances, the Year of the Arts will feature a full repertoire of music and theatre student performances in the new Giese Center for the Performing Arts, as well as gallery shows by student and professional artists. In addition, a number of the 2015 lectures will be dedicated to the arts. Check mountunion.edu for an updated event schedule throughout the year.


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