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New Music at Kent State presents pianist Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi in "Here (and there): music for piano and electronics"

Posted Apr. 9, 2014

Jeri-Mae G. AstolfiPianist Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi will present a recital of music for piano and electronics as the final concert of Kent State University’s 2013-2014 Vanguard Guest Artists New Music Series.  The program is titled Here (and there): music for piano and electronics.  The recital will be held on Monday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m., in the Carl F. W. Ludwig Recital Hall, Kent State University.
 
The program will include works such as "green is passing" by Jeff Herriott,  "Confetti Variations" by Tom Lopez, "Crystal Springs" by Phillip Schroeder, "Summer Phantoms: Nocturne" by Brian Belet, "The Pleasure of Being Lost" by Jim Fox, and "Swirling Sky" by Ed Martin.
 
Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi is a Canadian-born pianist whose playing has been lauded as “brilliant” (New Music Connoisseur), “persuasive” (Sequenza21), and “beautiful” (American Record Guide). Her repertoire, ranging from the Renaissance era through the present, clearly affirms her keen interest in new music, which has led her to commission and premiere many new solo and collaborative works—music that has been featured on live radio broadcasts and released by Albany Records, Innova Recordings, and Ravello Records’ Capstone Collection (including multiple CDs for the Performers’ Recording Series of the Society of Composers, Inc.). Astolfi is the soloist for the Wisconsin Soundscapes commissioning and touring project (sponsored by the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers and the Wisconsin Arts Board) and a founding member, with Holly Roadfeldt, of the duoARtia piano duo.
 
Astolfi's tireless devotion to the dissemination of new music has been recognized by numerous awards, grants, and invitations to regional, national, and international music forums, where she has premiered and lectured on new piano music. Astolfi also frequently serves as a piano clinician, coach, and master class instructor. An active member in various local, state, and national music associations, she serves on the governing board of both the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association and PianoArts (a North American piano competition, festival, and fellowship organization). Her advanced studies in piano performance were with pianists Helmut Brauss (University of Alberta), Tom Plaunt (McGill University), and Lydia Artymiw (University of Minnesota), with whom she completed doctoral studies. Astolfi currently holds the position of Artist-in-Residence at Piedmont College (GA).
 
Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and Kent State University faculty and staff, $10 for groups of 10 or more patrons, $8 for non Kent State students, $5 for children and free for full-time Kent Campus undergraduate students.


Tickets are available weekdays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Performing Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the campus of Kent State University. The Performing Arts Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to cash and checks.



The Ludwig Recital Hall box office will open one hour prior to the performance for walk up sales, and will accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Tickets and more information are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787) or visiting kent.edu/music.
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