Soprano Janis-Rozena Peri and pianist Catherine Crotty will present a recital at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center, Sunday, Sept. 29, titled “70 Minutes of Music for a Belated 70th Birthday Celebration.” Assisting them will be clarinetist Jeanne Frieben. All are members of the WVU Community Music Program faculty.

The program begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) and will feature works by von Arnim, Clara and Robert Schumann, Cimara, Respighi, Donaudy, Vaughan-Williams, Purcell, Bacon and Debussy. The event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

After completing the Bachelor of Music degree in piano from Otterbein College, and the Master of Music degree in voice from Miami University, Janis-Rozena Peri began studying and performing in New York City through the auspices of the Kate Neal Kinley Award. She has sung in a variety of venues: solo recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall and Town Hall in New York City; Serena in Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” in Birmingham, Alabama; Frankie in the Schweitzer Tournée Theatre production of “Carmen Jones” in Germany and Holland; and songs of Alma Mahler in the CBS “Camera Three” presentation of “Gustav Mahler in New York.” Peri retired from the music faculty of WVU in May 2008.

Catherine Crotty was principal keyboardist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years and for 18 years was a member of the artist faculty of the WVU Community Arts program, where she taught many prize-winning students. She has a long and rich experience as a chamber musician and accompanist. Presently, in addition to concertizing with Peri, she is a member of the Vandalia Trio. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from WVU and Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-conservatory of Music.

For more information about the recital, contact the Community Music Program at (304) 293-4532.



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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