Renowned Musicians to Perform

Renowned Musicians to Perform
Nadia Shpachenko

The Music Department starts off the spring quarter with two events featuring the piano. Professor Nadia Shpachenko will perform with Jerome Summers, an acclaimed clarinetist, composer and conductor from Canada. Later this month, international performer and recording artist Edward Auer will present an all-Chopin piano recital and master class.

Shpachenko and Summers' concert on Tuesday, April 14, features the world premieres of Summers' arrangement of “Cello Sonata in G minor” by Rachmaninoff and Michael Conway Baker's delightful “Ryan's Canticle.” The duo will also perform works by Chausson, Brahms and Baker.

The recital is part of an international exchange that will continue in London, Canada, later this month. Shpachenko and Summers also plan to record a CD featuring the works performed in this concert.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased online at or at the box office 45 minutes before show time.

Edward Auer, a professor at Indiana University, will give a free master class on April 27 and perform an all-Chopin recital on April 28. A leading Chopin interpreter and the first American to win a prize at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Auer has performed in more than 30 countries on five continents.

He has collaborated with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Herbert Blomstedt, Sergiu Comissiona and Riccardo Chailly. Auer grew up in Los Angeles, where he studied piano with Aube Tzerko, a protg of Artur Schnabel, and composition with Leonard Stein, a Schoenberg student.

The master class is free and begins at noon in the Music Recital Hall. The April 28 recital begins at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students.

For more information about upcoming Music Department performances, visit or call (909) 869-3554.