West Virginia University professor of piano Christine Kefferstan will present a faculty recital at the Creative Arts Center, Sunday, Sept. 18.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) and is free and open to the public.

Featured on the program will be “Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, Op. 78, D. 894” by Franz Schubert; “Fantasie in f minor,” by Chopin; and “Jeux d’eau” by Maurice Ravel.

“The program includes pieces central to the development of sound as a structural element in the world of piano music,” Kefferstan said. “The Schubert Sonata, also called a fantasy, is in four wonderful movements, all influenced by the symphonic works of Beethoven, and the rustic dance tunes of the Viennese countryside.

“The Chopin Fantasy gives us the illusion of improvisation, while working out a fascinating scheme of harmonic and melodic detail, and Ravel’s ‘Jeux d’eau’ is a marvel of color and pianistic figurations, written in 1901 as the first of many works influenced by water.”

Kefferstan graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, where she earned her doctorate with Israeli pianist David Bar-Illan. She has had additional coaching with Anna McGrosso, Sedmara Rutstein, and Viachaslov Gabrielov.

Recent international performances include recitals in London at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and a performance for the 2010 British Flute Society in Manchester, England, with WVU colleague Francesca Arnone. Interested in collaborations of all kinds, Kefferstan’s invited presentations in national venues include the 2003 MTNA conference, “Issues of Dance and Duality in Maurice Ravel’s two-piano transcription of La Valse” in Salt Lake City and the 2009 MTNA conference “Dvorak’s Dumky Trio: Czech and Balance” in Atlanta.

She has also performed recently in Rio de Janeiro and in Belize. During the Spring 2011 concert season, she performed the “Ravel Concerto for Left Hand” with the WVU Symphony Orchestra.

For more information, contact the WVU College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4359.


CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4841 ext. 3108, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu

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