West Liberty University’s Department of Music will present a piano concert featuring Dr. Gerald Lee at 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23. The concert is free and open to the public and takes place in Elbin Auditorium, College Hall.

Dr. Gerald Lee at piano“Please join me for an afternoon of piano music. My recital program includes ballads by both Frédéric Chopin and 20th-century American composer, Samuel Barber. In addition, I’ll perform the percussive sonata from 1926 by Béla Bartók and then complete the program with Robert Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, a robust masterpiece full of youthful energy,” said Lee, who is an associate professor of piano at WLU.

Lee earned three piano performance degrees — his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in music from Illinois Wesleyan University, Indiana University and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, respectively.

A winner in the 2009 Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Auditions, Lee also earned third place honors in the 2003 International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition in Memphis, Tenn. Lee also took second place honors in the 2002 National Finals of the MTNA Collegiate Artists’ Piano Competition, Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Lee maintains an extensive schedule of performances throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

The Division of Music at West Liberty University offers undergraduate degrees in music education, music performance and music technology. Among its many ensembles are University Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and the Hilltopper Marching Band. Its award-winning faculty members also are active as performers, clinicians and adjudicators.

Led by President Robin C. Capehart, West Liberty University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, please visit www.westliberty.edu or call 1.866.WESTLIB.