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WTAMU to Host Annual Piano Festival and Guest Artist Recital

Feb. 6, 2017

CONTACT:    Dr. Denise Parr-Scanlin, 806-651-2852, dparr@wtamu.edu    

COPY BY:     Brad Newman, 806-651-2129, bradmnew@gmail.com

WTAMU to Host Annual Piano Festival and Guest Artist Recital


CANYON, Texas—A rising world-class pianist will perform at West Texas A&M University's annual regional piano festival this month.

Alessio Bax will present a guest artist recital at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 in WTAMU's Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall. The performance is part of The Arts at WTAMU subscription series and the Grace Hamilton Piano FestivaAlessio Baxl, a weekend symposium for area piano students.

Bax is the Johnson-Prothro Artist-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, a position he was named to in 2015. Originally from Italy, the award-winning pianist has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras worldwide, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Houston Symphonies and the NHK Symphony in Japan. He is currently serving a three-year term as artistic director of Italy’s Incontri in Terra di Siena Festival.

“Alessio Bax has a global presence and is garnering worldwide acclaim for his artistry,” Dr. Choong-ha Nam, WTAMU associate professor of piano and co-director of the festival, said. “Still in his 30s, he will inspire the younger generation of piano students, serving as a role model they can aspire to.”

Bax will perform selections from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Alexander Scriabin and Maurice Ravel at his WTAMU appearance.

General admission to the Bax recital is $10 with free admission for WTAMU students, faculty and staff as well as festival participants.

The Grace Hamilton Piano Festival, established as the WTAMU Piano Festival in the mid-1960s, welcomes students in grades 1-12 from throughout the region. Saturday's festival activities will include judged student performances in the morning and a student honors recital in the afternoon.

“The piano festival is all about live performance," Dr. Denise Parr-Scanlin, professor of piano and co-director of the festival, said. “As an important center for the arts, we at WTAMU are privileged to provide our students and our neighbors these events that keep us in touch with the great works of classical music."

High school seniors planning to major in piano at WTAMU also are eligible to apply and audition for a Hamilton-Johnson Piano Scholarship during the festival.

WTAMU piano students are involved in the festival as assistants throughout the event. For more information on the recital and festival, contact either Parr-Scanlin or Nam at the WTAMU School of Music at 806-651-2840.


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