Monday, September 30, 2013

Whitworth to host world-renown pianist’s recital and master class


Acclaimed pianist Mark Valenti will hold a master class and perform a concert at Whitworth University this week. The master class will take place Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall, and Valenti’s piano recital will be held Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. Both events are free to attend and open to the public.

“This is an opportunity not only to hear great piano music, but also to hear a world-class pianist performing it,” says Judith Schoepflin, Whitworth music professor.

The master class will provide a forum in which Whitworth students can  perform and be critiqued by Valenti in front of an audience.

Valenti received his master of music from Northwestern University after completing his undergraduate studies at the Philadelphia Musical Academy. He has performed all over the world and has taught as a professor at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, at Xavier University, in Chicago, and at the Loire Valley Music Institute, in France.

Valenti writes that his mission is to “share beautiful music with people through performance and teaching in such a manner that they are left enriched without any notions of good or bad, or right or wrong, only fulfillment in self-expression.”

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Loree Swegle, music department program assistant, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3280 or music@whitworth.edu.

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or lbeechinor@whitworth.edu.