Mount Union to Present Guest Artist John Mortensen

January 08, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Department of Music will present guest artist John Mortensen at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14 in Presser Recital Hall. A masterclass will be held prior to the concert from 5 to 7 p.m.

Mortensen studied piano at the University of Michigan with Lynne Bartholomew and at the University of Maryland with Anne Koscielny and Raymond Hanson. He serves as professor of piano at Cedarville University. He has performed with stylistically diverse artists such as Moscow Conservatory professor Mikhail Petukhov and All-Ireland fiddle champion Winifred Horan.

His students learn a natural and coordinated approach to piano technique, which prevents injury and allows for freedom and facility at the keyboard. Mortenson also performs and teaches Irish and American roots music, playing mandolin, octave mandolin, Irish flute, Irish button accordion, five-string banjo, Uilleann pipes and Irish whistle. He created America’s only college-level traditional Irish music session class.

Presser Recital Hall is located within Cope Music Hall on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street on Mount Union’s campus. Due to ongoing construction at the site of the new Performing Arts Complex, no on-site parking is available behind the building. Alternate parking is available on Simpson and Vincent Streets and in the Eells Art Center parking lot, as well as in other campus parking lots. For more information, call Mount Union’s Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

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