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Faculty Artist Series to Showcase Russian Composers

Festival concert III

The works of Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff and other Russian composers will come alive Friday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in Martin Chapel as part of Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) faculty artist series.

Lynne Mackey, associate professor of music at EMU, will perform on piano, giving a recital that will encompass the romantic sounds of Rachmaninoff and Medtner to the modern sounds of Stravinsky and Prokofiev.

“These pieces have a lot of humor and capture a special mood,” said Mackey.

Mackey will perform Nicolai Medtner’s “Fairy Tales,” Igor Stravinsky’s Etude No. 4, Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 2, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Prelude and Fugue Op. 87, No. 7, and a group of Preludes from Op. 23 and Op. 32 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

“There is a unique contrast with each piece, almost whimsical and mischievous in nature,” Mackey said.

In addition to teaching at EMU, Mackey directs the Virginia Baroque Performance Academy during the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and tours as a soloist with the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Admission

Admission to the concert is free; donations are welcomed for the EMU music student scholarship fund. For more information contact Cindy Mathews, office manager, at 540-432-4225 or mathewsl@emu.edu.

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