The Sunday Recital Series at Mary Baldwin University continues at 3 p.m. on March 15 in Francis Auditorium with a performance by pianist and Mary Baldwin Professor of Music Lise Keiter. Her appealing and varied program includes works by Claude Debussy, Clara Schumann, Enrique Granados, Dmitri Kabalevsky, and Maria Hester Park.
“I’m delighted to share this music,” says Keiter. “Debussy’s beautiful Pagodes illustrates many of the aspects of his unique style, including pentatonic harmonies, a broad range of color, and an overall dreamy quality. And while Kabalevsky’s sonatas may be less well-known than those of other Russian composers (such as Prokofiev and Shostakovich), his third sonata is a rich and powerful work, full of exciting rhythms as well as very appealing melodies.” She will also play the delightful Valses Poeticos by Spanish composer Enrique Granados; a sonata of Maria Hester Park, who lived in the classic era; and Clara Schumann’s dramatic Scherzo in C Minor. “I’m always pleased to be able to play music of female composers,” she explains. “Clara Schumann and Maria Hester Park were very talented performers as well as composers, and I think these pieces showcase some of their best work.”
Keiter has performed throughout the United States and in Europe, and she is very active as a solo recitalist, collaborative artist, and soloist with orchestra. She is known as a specialist in the music of women composers, and in 2014, she performed Florence B. Price’s recently-reconstructed Concerto in One Movement with the Waynesboro Symphony. She is on the faculty at Mary Baldwin University, and she holds degrees from Indiana University and the Oberlin Conservatory.
Tickets for March 15 may be purchased at the door and are $5 for the general public and $4 for seniors and students (Mary Baldwin students are free). For more information call 540-887-7294 or visit Music at Mary Baldwin.