Malone University Faculty Artist Series present Mark Greer on March 28
March 10, 2014 | Release # 6862
The Malone University Department of Music will continue the 2013-14 Faculty Artist Series with Mark Greer, piano, on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue in Canton, Ohio.
The program – which will include the Heiligenstadt Chamber Orchestra with Theodore Albrecht, conductor – is free and open to the public. The program will include works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, featuring the Mozart Piano Concerto in D minor, K. 466. A full program follows.
Mark Greer completed his B.M., magna cum laude, in piano performance at Bowling Green State University and his M.M. in piano performance from Kent State University. Awards and honors include 1st prize in the State Finals of the OMTA Collegiate Buckeye Competition, prizewinner of the Tuesday Musical Competition, honors in the OMTA Graves Young Artist Competition, finalist in the Bowling Green State University Piano Concerto and the Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competitions, and was the 2005 recipient of the College's Steve Vun Cannon Memorial Award. Performance venues include a solo debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Blossom Music Center, E.J. Thomas Hall, Friends of Music Concert Series, Bundy Center for the Arts (VT), Akron Public Library, First Night Akron, Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, and has been featured live on Vermont Public Radio. In 2004, Greer was the only American pianist selected to perform on the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Steinway Dedication Concert. He has performed in masterclasses with Nelita True, Spencer Myer, Enrico Elisi, Lambis Vassiliadis, Kate Boyd, and Virginia Marks. Major teachers include Paul Alberts, Laura Melton, Jane Solose, Jerry Wong, and Mary Ann Griebling. He has coached with renowned pianist and teacher, Seymour Bernstein, and studied conducting with Frank Wiley and Christopher James Lees. Greer has given presentations on Beethoven's Op. 31, and the late piano sonatas, Haydn's piano sonatas and variations, and the piano music of Samuel Barber.
In addition to piano, Greer is an accomplished composer, having been a two-time national prizewinner in the NFMC Composers Contest, where he received the Olga Klein Nelson Chamber Music Award for his piece Trois Spectacles. Other awards include a prizewinner in the 2001 OMTA Collegiate Composers Contest, honors in the Cleveland Chamber Symphony's High School Composers Contest, a two-time winner of the Ralph Gilman Composers Award, and a four-time winner of Akron's Scholastic Composers Contest. His piece entitled Aspect of a Mood was premiered by the Akron Youth Symphony under Eric Benjamin, an orchestra in which he served as principal bassist. During his undergraduate studies at BGSU, Greer taught private and group piano classes in the Creative Arts Program for area children and adults, and was twice the President of the Collegiate MTNA Chapter, organizing student recitals and seminars on memorization, performance and pedagogical techniques, and the Alexander Technique. He maintains an active private studio in the greater Akron area. Greer joined the Malone University Piano Faculty in the spring of 2012.
Born in Jamestown, New York, in 1945, Theodore Albrecht grew up in San Antonio, Texas. After studying oboe with Charles Veasey and conducting with George Yaeger (both of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra), he received his bachelor's degree in music education from St. Mary's University there in 1967. Albrecht's graduate studies at North Texas State University included conducting under Anshel Brusilow, as well as musicology under Dika Newlin, Helen Hewitt and Michael Collins, and led to a Ph.D. in musicology in 1975. He has also participated in post-doctoral seminars at Harvard University, Indiana University and Yale University, as well as the Herbert Blomstedt Conducting Institute.
Albrecht has taught at Appalachian State University in North Carolina (1975-76), Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland (1976-80); and Park College in Kansas City, Missouri (1980-92). At Park College, he was music director of the college-community Northland Symphony Orchestra (1980-87), reorganized as the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City (1987-92). With this orchestra he conducted a wide symphonic and "pops" repertoire. He also gave U.S. premieres of works by Gottfried von Einem and Hans Pfitzner, as well as regional and local premieres of works by Barber, Shostakovich, Hindemith and Mahler. Over the years, they became the first orchestra and conductor in the United States to perform all nine symphonies by Antonin Dvorak, and merited congratulations from the famed Czech conductors Viclav Neumann and Rafael Kubelik.
In 1992, Albrecht joined the faculty of Kent State University, where he teaches musicology and music history. He is widely known for his work in Classical and Romantic music, the early Twentieth Century and American music. His path-breaking research into Scott Joplin's youthful years in Texarkana was published in 1979; and his translations of Felix Weingartner's classic guides to conducting the symphonies of Mozart, Schubert and Schumann were serialized in the Journal of the Conductor's Guild (1986). His 1989 edition of A.W. Thayer's Salieri, Rival of Mozart earned enthusiastic reviews in the United States, England and Germany.
Today, Albrecht is perhaps best known as a Beethoven specialist. His three-volume Letters to Beethoven (a collection of over 500 documents, dozens never before available in any language) was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 1996. In the BBC Music Magazine (May, 1997), Barry Cooper hailed it as "the largest and most important collection of Beethoven source materials to be published in English for many years." Albrecht is a popular pre-concert lecturer for The Cleveland Orchestra and Akron's Tuesday Musical Club, and also appears regularly on the Cleveland Opera's lecture series.
Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109 Ludwig van Beethoven
Vivace ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo
Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung – Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
Piano Concerto in D minor, K. 466 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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