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January 14, 2002

VITERBO MUSIC DEPARTMENT HOSTS NATIONAL ARTIST

LA CROSSE, Wis.— The San Jose Mercury News has called Viterbo's latest visiting artist "a forceful, take-charge kind of artist with personality...spirited and vital."

A national pianist and a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Esther Wang will serve as a visiting artist on the Viterbo campus Jan. 25-29, courtesy of the music department.

Her on-campus engagements, all in the FAC Recital Hall and all free and open to the public, include:

  • Friday, Jan. 25, 12:10-1:30 p.m., piano master class featuring students of Timothy Schorr. Program includes works by Schubert, Scarlatti, Brahms, and Chopin.
  • Monday, Jan. 28, 12:10-1:30 p.m., master class for singer-pianist duos. Featuring voice students of Viterbo professors Jerry Benser, Diane Foust, Jean Saladino, and Dan Johnson-Wilmot, and piano students of music professor Timothy Schorr.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29, noon-1 p.m., guest artist recital with members of the Viterbo music department.  Faculty program includes works by Mozart, Schubert, Barber, Fauré, and Schumann.

Also as part of her visit, Wang will be giving a master class and workshop for the La Crosse Area Music Teachers Association (LAMTA) on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2:30-4 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall.

A frequent soloist and collaborator throughout the U.S., Wang performed recently at the A. Mozart Fest Concerts, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, the Green Lake Festival, and the UW-Milwaukee Chamber Series. The recipient of numerous awards, she was named 1996 Musician of the Year by the River Arts Council in Galena, Ill. for her contributions to teaching and performing.

In addition to her current post, she has held teaching positions at Baylor University, the UW-Platteville, and the UW-Oshkosh. Her most recent project is recording the solo piano and chamber works by Jan Radzynski for Centaur Records. Wang earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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