Pair returns to WBU for piano concert

PLAINVIEW - Pianist Mark Anthony Pair will return to the stage at Wayland Baptist University in a piano recital slated for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13.

Pair, who serves as Wayland's Piano Artist In Residence, will present a program featuring the music of Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt. The recital is Pair's first since his retirement from Wayland, before which he performed 72 such concerts while teaching piano for the university.

Both Chopin and Liszt hail from the Romantic era of music in the 19 th century, a period in which Europe flourished with great musicians whose work featured lyrical melodies coupled with dramatic technical executions and reflected nationalism, nature and folklore. Chopin, a Polish-French composer, was known as the "Poet of the Piano," while Liszt, a Hungarian, was called "Prophet of the Piano." Though their work often differed in strength and tone, the two were considered among Europe's greatest composers.

Pair's program will include six compositions by Chopin and five by Liszt, representing a broad spectrum of the two composers' finest works. Of the Chopin compositions featured, there are two scherzi, one impromptu, one nocturne and two etudes. The Liszt selections include two waltzes, two etudes and one liebestraume.

On the music faculty for 36 years, Pair taught piano and music theory, performed twice yearly at Wayland and periodically for other groups. He held memberships in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Friend of the Arts, the National Piano Guild, Texas Music Educators Association and the Scriabin Society.