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Mount Union to Host Pianist Lanners for Masterclass and Performance

September 05, 2018

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union’s Department of Music is hosting pianist Heather Lanners for a guest performance on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall. 

A masterclass with Lanners will be held the following day on Thursday, September 13 at 11:15 a.m.  

Lanners, an assistant professor of piano at Oklahoma State University, is an active soloist and chamber musician. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Her recent highlights include performances at the Dublin International Piano Festival and a performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Bulgarian State Orchestra of Vidin.

Lanners earned her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Western Ontario. She then continued her studies in Paris with French pianist, Cécile Ousett, before earning her Master’s degree in performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. 

Lanners will be joined by composer Gregory Mertl and Amy Glick. 

Mertl has worked with the Tanglewood Music Center, the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Tarab Cello ensemble, among others. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Eastman School of Music. Mertl is currently composing a concerto for French cellist Xavier Phillips.

Glick, a violinist, currently performs as an orchestral player, chamber musician and soloist in the area.  She is a charter member of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra where she performs as assistant concertmaster. Glick studied chamber music with members of the American String Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio.

The recital and masterclass are both free and open the public. Presser Recital Hall is located in Cope Music Hall in the Giese Center for Performing Arts on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue in Alliance. For more information, call (330) 823-2180.