Dr. Mark Stevens to present piano recital Sunday

COURTESY PHOTO Dr. Mark Stevens will present a solo piano recital Sunday at 4 p.m. at Bethesda Church. The program is hosted by Huron Area Federation of Music Teachers.

HURON — The Huron Area Federation of Music Teachers will host a solo piano recital by Dr. Mark Stevens, Assistant Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies for South Dakota State University’s School of Performing Arts. The recital will be held on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. at Bethesda Church of Huron, 1530 Frank Ave. S.E. Admission is free and donations are accepted.

Stevens, a professional solo artist and teacher, will share a concert program titled “[re]Vision.” The program explores the ways in which modern composers express their individual voices while also interacting with some of the most famous music, composers, and genres from traditional classical music. Audiences will enjoy a dynamic and diverse group of composers including William Grant Still, Caroline Shaw, Carl Vine, Ferruccio Busoni, J.S. Bach and Frédéric Chopin.

 Stevens says, “For me, music is about communication and shared experience. I strive to create concert experiences that are unified by a theme, that introduce people to something new, and that give them the opportunity to see themselves in the music or the composer. I enjoy seeing audiences resonate with something new and unexpected.”

Prior to joining the faculty at South Dakota State University, Stevens has served as a faculty member at Washington State University, the University of Oregon, and the Chopin Academy of Music, and as a guest instructor for Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts. He earned graduate degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy from the University of Oregon and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

More information, including a full performance schedule, is available by visiting www.markstevenspiano.com.

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