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Pianist David Evenson to present recital April 6

Contact: Christina Chapple


David Evenson

     HAMMOND Pianist David Evenson, head of the Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, will present a piano recital April 6, 2:30 p.m., in Pottle Auditorium.

     Evenson will perform Beethoven's Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79, and Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106 ("Hammerklavier").

     Evenson said the recital pairs Beethoven's shortest sonata, Op. 79, nine minutes, with the longest, the Hammerklavier, about 44 minutes. He said the Hammerklavier has never been performed in Pottle Auditorium. 

     The recital is free to campus and community.

     A native of Minneapolis, Evenson joined the Southeastern faculty in 1979 and, in 1992 received the university's prestigious President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity. He has been head of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts since 1994.

     Evenson, who began studying piano at the age of nine, received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University under the tutelage of the late Cuban-American virtuoso Jorge Bolet. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Arizona as a student of the late Ozan Marsh. He also studied in Fontainebleau, France, and at the Chautauqua Festival Music School in New York.

     Evenson is featured on a compact disc recording of chamber music for saxophone and piano with saxophonist Lawrence Gwozdz, with whom he has performed on Wisconsin Public Radio, Los Angeles Public Radio and Prague Radio. In 2000 MMC Recordings released a compact disc recording of his Southeastern colleague Stephen Suber's "Enchantments: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra," with Evenson as piano soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.

     As a soloist, Evenson performs frequently on campus and has been heard with the Louisiana Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Mississippi Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Wellesley Symphony in Boston, and the Baton Rouge Symphony. He has performed chamber music on a tour of Argentina and Uruguay and in Weill Recital Hall in New York City.

     For additional information about the recital, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.

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