Piano Keys Recital to be Held Saturday

October 25, 2010

The University of Mount Union’s Department of Music will present Piano Keys, a piano recital featuring Dr. Maira Liliestedt’s students, on Saturday, October 30 at 8 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall on Mount Union’s campus.
Under the direction of Liliestedt, assistant professor of music at Mount Union, featured performers include Courtney Gazda, a junior of Parma, OH; Jennifer Grant, a sophomore of Massillon, OH; Allyson Oyster, a 2010 Mount Union graduate of Alliance, OH; Brittni Roach, a junior of Hartville, OH; Shelley Wyzynski, a senior of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Julia Connors, a high school junior from Canton, OH; and Peter Douglas, a senior of Dalton High School.
The recital will feature works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Johannes Brahms and Dmitri Kabalevsky. 
Liliestedt earned a bachelor of music degree in piano from Bowling Green State University, a master of music degree and a doctoral of musical arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). While earning her doctoral degree, Liliestedt studied with Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. She is the co-founder and co-director of the Keys to Artistry piano camp at Mount Union. She has also played an important role in the re-establishment of Solo con Tutti, the University of Mount Union/Alliance Symphony concerto competition, for which she serves as the organizer. Prior to joining the faculty at Mount Union, she taught at Northern Kentucky University, the College of Mount Saint Joseph and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Liliestedt was a prizewinner in national and international competitions in her native country of Romania before moving to the United States in 1992. She has been published in Clavier magazine and has served as a panelist and presenter for the Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy conference. Her professional experience includes master classes and chamber music coachings with James Tocco and Emanuel Ax. Since 1996, she has been a member of the Appassionata Piano Duo, a successful musical partnership with pianist Janelle Phinney.
Presser Recital Hall is located in Cope Music Hall on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music at Mount Union at (330) 823-2180.
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