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Pianist David Evenson to present recital April 5

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David Evenson

     HAMMOND Pianist David Evenson, head of the Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, will present a piano recital April 5, at 2 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

     Evenson will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven, Czerny and Liszt. The recital is free to campus and community.

     “The theme of the recital is the most famous ‘musical tree’ in music history,” Evenson said. “Each composer taught the next one on the program -- Haydn taught Beethoven, who taught Czerny, who taught Liszt.”

     Evenson said Haydn’s “Sonata in B Minor” is an example of what has been called his “storm and stress” style, an early precursor to 19th century romanticism. “Beethoven’s ‘Sonata in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1’ continues the ‘storm and stress’ gesture that Haydn pioneered and shows Beethoven’s debt to Haydn in a number of other ways, including an approach to composition that uses short musical motives to unify.”

     He said the least known piece on the program is Carl Czerny’s “Variations on a Theme of Rode.”

     “Czerny is mostly known as a tireless composer of hundreds of piano exercise pieces (etudes), but his serious compositions are performed with increasing frequency,” he said.
     Evenson called Liszt’s “Sonata in B Minor” “a landmark in piano literature. My hope is that listeners will detect its forerunners, such that the Haydn ‘Sonata in B Minor’ will ‘morph’ into Liszt’s ‘Sonata in B Minor,’ like a developing Polaroid photo.”

     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. Evenson also performs Suber’s composition on “Starlit,” a new CD of the Southeastern composer-in-resident’s works just released by Centaur Records.

     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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