Contact: Lynn Stewart,
Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120, or
Dr. Gale Odom,
Dean, Hurley School of Music, 318-869-5235
School of Music Opens Concert Season Aug. 23 with Piano Recital by Leslie
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Centenary College’s
Hurley School of Music will open its 2002-03 concert season on Friday,
Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. with a piano recital by alumnus Leslie Downs. The
program will be in the newly remodeled Recital Hall in the Hurley Music
Building. Admission is free and open to the public.
Downs, a 1984 Bachelor of Music graduate
of Centenary, holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University. He studied
piano with Nena Plant Wideman, with Constance Knox Carroll at Centenary
and with Donald Currier at Yale. He has pursued further study in
New York with Katherine Teves, Elizabeth Parker and Teresa Dybvig.
Downs has performed in solo, Lieder
and chamber recitals across the country. A versatile artist, he has
also served as musical director for regional musical theater productions.
He currently serves as principal accompanist for the Big Apple Performing
Arts Chorus, teaches piano for the Afterschool Programs at Public School
41 in Manhattan and the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn and freelances
as a vocal coach.
Beethoven’s 32 Variations on an
Original Theme in c minor, WoO 80 will open the program.
Other selections will be Griffes’ Fantasy Pieces and Turina’s Danzas
Fantásticas. The second half of the program will be all Liszt,
containing Transcendental Etude no. 11, Frühlingsnacht and
Polonaise no. 2.
For further information, contact
the Hurley School of Music at 318-869-5235.
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