Mount Union to Host Masterclass, Guest Artist

October 10, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Pianist Harsha Abeyaratne will teach a masterclass and perform as a guest artist at the University of Mount Union on Tuesday, October 7 in Presser Recital Hall.

Abeyaratne will teach a masterclass at 11:15 a.m. and will perform at 7:30 p.m.

His performance pieces will include Sonata K. 330 in C Major by Wolfgang Mozart, as well as well-loved masterpieces of Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin.                                                                                                                

Abeyaratne, a full-time music professor at Muskingum University, has given recitals internationally and at the prestigious Carnegie Hall's Weil Recital Hall in New York. He has also had the honor of sharing the stage with internationally recognized artists Rebecca Rischin, Randy Sabein and George Wolfe. He recently performed at Temple University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ohio University, Ohio State University and Cedarville University. In addition, he has performed as a soloist with the Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds, South East Ohio Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka. In the spring of 2014, he performed at the impressive Gansu Grand Theater in Lanzhou, China.

Abeyaratne is in demand as an adjudicator in Ohio and has been asked to judge the OMTA/Graves Piano Competition, OMTA/Buckeye Auditions and the Tuscarawas Ribbon Festival. He is the recipient of three faculty development grants from Muskingum University and the 2010 Ball State University School of Music Alumni Achievement Citation Award. He earned undergraduate degrees in science and music from Lewis and Clark College and master’s and doctorate degrees in music from Ball State University.

This recital is the first in the Keyboard Artist Series at Mount Union this academic year. Other events include pianists Kate Boyd on November 2, Silvan Negrutiu on January 25, Caroline Oltmanns on February 26 and Mark Greer on March 23. The series culminates in the new Performing Arts Center in a three-part performance by Mount Union piano professor Maira Liliestedt, who will play two different recital programs on March 30 and April 6, followed by a piano concerto on the Alliance Symphony program of April 12.

Presser Recital Hall is located in Cope Music Hall on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue. The masterclass and recital are both free and open to the public. On-site parking will be available in campus visitor parking lots. For more information, contact Mount Union’s Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

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