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Piano Concert Offers Classic Entertainment on the Hilltop

West Liberty University’s Department of Music will present a piano concert featuring Dr. Gerald Lee at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4. The concert is free and open to the public and takes place in Elbin Auditorium in College Hall.

Dr. Gerald Lee at piano“This recital program features pieces dear to my heart. Franz Schubert’s final and sublime piano sonata in B-flat major was composed just weeks prior to his death and displays deeply heartfelt and spiritually forward-looking music. Franz Liszt’s ‘The Blessing of God in Solitude’ is in the style of an orchestral tone poem, and its salient feature is that of serene, profound meditation. Alexander Scriabin’s Fifth Piano Sonata features some of his most colorful and sensual music and is sometimes referred to as the ‘Poem of Ecstasy,’” 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.