Pianist Jenny Cruz to Present Guest Recital at Mount Union College October 29

May 10, 2010

The Mount Union College Department of Music will present guest pianist Jenny Cruz on Monday, October 29 in Presser Recital Hall at 8 p.m.

Cruz is currently an assistant professor at Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. With roots on the island of Guam, she was raised in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She began her piano studies at the age of four with Suzanne Lent. After being discovered by Alexander Toradze at a master class in Milwaukee, she graduated from high school early to join his studio in January 1996.

Earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Indiana-South Bend and under the guidance of Toradze, Cruz then studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Phillip Kawin. While pursuing a master's degree, she worked at the Boys Choir of Harlem School as an accompanist, and as a pedagogue at the Bronx School of Music and Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn. She earned a doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, studying under the team of Elizabeth and Eugene Pridonoff.

Cruz has taught at Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati and has performed in recitals and master classes in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, New York, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Israel and Guam.

The recital will include works from Iberia, Book I by Isaac Alb'niz; Variations sur un th'me de Chopin by Federico Mompou and Caf' 1930 and Night Club 1960 by Astor Piazzolla.

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

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