Pair featured in concert 

Release Date: April 2, 2009    

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University will present Piano Artist in Residence Mark Pair celebrating 50 years of performance with a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6, in Harral Memorial Auditorium. The program will feature the works of composers Debussy, Chopin and Beethoven.

“This is a significant event for the School of Music,” said Dr. Ann Stutes, dean of the school. “We are blessed and thankful that he continues to share his gifts with Wayland and the Plainview community.”

The program features three compositions by Debussy: “Reflections in the Water,” “The Submerged Cathedral,” and “Gardens in the Rain.” These water-themed compositions are impressionistic in nature. Debussy, a French composer of the early 20th century was known for applying impressionism in his music.

Pair will perform four pieces by 19th century romanticist Chopin. “Scherzo in B-Flat Minor” is a heavy and vivacious piece that tests the stamina of the performer. Three of Chopin’s etudes, “Butterfly,” “Tristesse,” and “Revolutionary,” will also be presented. “Revolutionary” was born from Chopin’s patriotism over the Russia-Poland revolution. A native of Poland, Chopin was living in France at the time he wrote the piece. The “Tristesse Etude,” meaning sadness, is said to be one of the most beautiful melodies penned by the composer.

The program will conclude with Beethoven’s “C Minor Concerto,” a three-movement composition. Pair will also be joined on stage by WBU Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy and Composition Dr. Gary Belshaw.

Admission to the concert is free of charge and open to the public.