Mark Pair Prepares for Recital


Portrait of Mark Pair
Mark Pair, Wayland Piano Artist in Residence

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University Piano Artist in Residence Mark Anthony Pair takes the stage for his 103rd piano concert at Wayland at 7 p.m. on Oct. 16 in Wayland’s Harral Memorial Auditorium.

Entitled “Chopin Preludes and Etudes, (Part-One),” Pair’s concert is devoted to some of Chopin’s most famous works, representing a segment of the Romantic Era from the 19th century. A prelude is normally a short piece depicting a certain mood. An etude is designed to give the player a developed technical skill, providing both an exercise and a melodic work. Many composers in the Romantic Era composed etudes that proved difficult in a concert setting. Chopin’s etudes stand out as some of the most difficult to perform.

Pair taught piano and music theory for 36 years at Wayland. After his retirement, he became Wayland’s first Piano Artist in Residence. Admission to his concert is free and open to the public.

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