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Pianist and lecturer Bruce examines American piano works


    LYNCHBURG, Va. — Pianist and lecturer Neely Bruce will present a lecture/demonstration followed by an piano recital during his visit to the campus of Randolph-Macon Woman's College. The lecture/demonstration will take place on Wednesday, February 20th at 4:00PM in Presser Hall. The accompanying recital is scheduled for the following night, February 21st, at 7:30PM in Smith Hall Theatre. Both events are free and open to the public.

Bruce’s presentation, "Bridging the Gap: Cultivated/Vernacular Crossovers in Selected Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American Piano Works," will investigate and demonstrate some of the many ways in which "music for the masses" and "music for the elite" commingled successfully in selected American piano music of the 19th and 20th century.

Bruce is professor of music and American studies, director of choral activities, and former chair of the music department at Wesleyan University. He is the composer of a number of operas, concerti, keyboard works, and large-scale chamber works and is the founder and director of the American Music/Theatre Group, a professional ensemble devoted to performing the widest possible range of American music. As a pianist, he is best known for his recordings of American music, including various popular piano pieces of the nineteenth century, the major works of Anthony Phillip Heinrich, and The Time Curve Preludes by William Duckworth.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations