The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will continue this season’s Collegiate Series with a piano recital by John Mark Walkup on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. The program will take place in the Norman L. Fagan West Virginia State Theater at the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The Collegiate Series is free and the public is invited to attend.
The concert will include Sonata No. 3, Op. 49 in D Minor by Carl Maria von Weber, a German composer, conductor, pianist and critic who is considered one of the first significant composers of the Romantic School. The work of American composer George Rochberg, who wrote contemporary classical music, also will be featured with Four Short Sonatas. The renowned French composer and pianist of Impressionist and Expressionist music, Maurice Ravel’s work, Jeux d’eau; and the Polish composer and virtuoso pianist Frederic Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23, will round out the program.
Walkup is an associate professor of music and chairman of humanities, education and social sciences at New River Community and Technical College in Summersville. He has prepared this recital as the final requirement for fulfillment of the doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance and literature. Walkup is active as a performer and has appeared as soloist in various venues throughout West Virginia as well as numerous guest artist appearances across the country. In addition to maintaining a private studio, he regularly adjudicates many piano competitions, auditions and festivals in West Virginia and Ohio.
For more information about the piano recital, call (304) 558-0162 in the evenings or Jacqueline Proctor, deputy commissioner for the Division, at (304) 558-0220.
The Collegiate Series consists of performances and lectures by students and faculty from colleges and universities across the state. First Lady Gayle Manchin hosts the program.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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