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Free concert at UPS features modern and classic works

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on June 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm with No Comments »
June 18, 2012 4:31 pm

A free concert of classical and modern works for piano, soprano and flute will be held at the University of Puget Sound on Saturday,

“Life Reflections,” the 4 p.m. concert hosted by the Community Music Department, will be at Schneebeck Concert Hall on campus.

Here’s more from the announcement:

The afternoon performance will feature Puget Sound faculty member and alumnus Timothy Strong ’69 on piano and guest artists Karen Oleson, soprano, and Pamela Ryker, flute. Strong describes the program as an eclectic mix of music dealing with “life reflections,” both serious and humorous.

The performance will include works by Norwegian composer and pianist Edvard Grieg, America’s much-loved George Gershwin, leading German stage musical composer Kurt Weill, Argentine classical composer Alberto Ginastera, Ukrainian jazz pianist and composer Nikolai Kapustin, and a selection of local composers.

Timothy Strong, piano, has performed nationally in both solo and ensemble capacities. He has served on the faculty of Puget Sound’s Community Music Department for more than two decades, and has seen his students win and place favorably in national competitions. He also is on the piano faculty at Pacific Lutheran University. While Strong was an undergraduate at Puget Sound, he studied piano under Leonard Jacobsen, for whom Puget Sound’s Jacobsen Series is named.

Karen Oleson, soprano, has sung with the Seattle Opera and performed in musical theater throughout the Puget Sound area and beyond. Oleson and Strong are co-producers of a set of vocal training CDs.

Pamela Ryker, flute, is an accomplished professional musician and teacher of flute. She is the artistic director of the Tacoma neighborhood series Classical Tuesdays in Old Town.

The Community Music Department, directed by Kristen Murphy ’88, is a year-round music program at Puget Sound that offers learning opportunities for members of the public of all ages. Lessons are offered in a wide variety of programs, including both individual instruction and group activities. Programs are structured to allow students to participate at their own levels, under the guidance of exceptional instructors. Fostering excellence and lifelong learning, the Community Music Department nurtures talent and recognizes the musical potential in every individual.

For more information about the Community Music Department call 253-879-3575 or visit www.pugetsound.edu/communitymusic.

For directions and a map of the campus: www.pugetsound.edu/directions.xml

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