Mount Union College to Host Akron Piano Quartet on April 13

April 04, 2008

Mount Union College will host the Akron Piano Quartet on Sunday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall.  

The quartet is made up of a pianist, violinist, violist and cellist. They will perform “Quartet in Eb Major” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and “Quartet in G Minor” by Johannes Brahms.

Members of the quartet are pianist Christopher James Lees; violinist Linda Nagy Johnston; violist Ann Smith and cellist Elaine Anderson.

Lees is assistant conductor of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and music director for the Akron Youth Symphony.  He attended the University of Michigan where he earned degrees in organ performance and music education.  As only the second American conductor chosen for the Zander Fellowship with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Lees served for the 2006 season as associate music director and pianist for the Boston-based Juventas New Music Ensemble.

Johnston performs with the Akron and Canton symphony orchestras.  Johnston earned a master of music degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York City.  She has performed with many orchestras and in several festivals both nationally and around the world.  

Smith, who began her studies on the violin at age three, will be playing the viola in the quartet.  She began her tenure with the Akron Symphony as principal violist in 1993 and teaches violin and viola students in the Akron community.  She studied violin at the University of Michigan and earned a bachelor’s degree of violin performance from Chicago Musical College.

Dr. Anderson is an associate professor of music at Mount Union.  She earned a D.M.A. in cello performance from the University of Alabama.  Prior to joining the Mount Union faculty, Anderson performed with several orchestras in the Southeast and held teaching positions in Georgia and Alabama.  She enjoys subbing in the cello sections of the Youngstown and Akron symphonies.

This event is free and open to the public.  Presser Recital Hall is located within Cope Music Hall on the corner of Vincent Street and Union Avenue on the Mount Union campus. For more information, contact the Mount Union Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

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