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Guest Artist Inaugurates Spring Piano Recital Series

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 13, 2012) – The UCM Department of Music will host Warrensburg native Carolyn True in the first of a series of six piano recitals featuring faculty, alumni and award-winning students at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in Hart Recital Hall. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Carolyn True
Carolyn True

True, a 2001 UCM Distinguished Music Alumna, returns to Warrensburg to perform a program that will include an arrangement of Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” as well as works by Rachmaninoff, Barber, and Bach.

Equally at home on the concert stage and in the teaching studio, True is a member of the music faculty of Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. She maintains an active career performing and teaching throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Her achievements have been celebrated with awards including the Texas Music Teachers Association’s Collegiate Teacher of the Year, as well as the most prestigious award for faculty excellence at Trinity University. She performs not only as a soloist, but as a member of the SOLI Chamber Ensemble and the Beckman-True Piano Duo. The duo’s first CD was released in January 2011.

True earned the prestigious Performer’s Certificate and the D.M.A. degree from the Eastman School of Music, an M.M. degree from the University of Maryland-College Park, and the B.M. degree from the University of Central Missouri. She has been a prize winner in national and international competitions and was the recipient of a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for study at the Conservatoire National de la Musique in Lyon, France.

Upcoming performances in this series include:

  • March 2 - Introducing Tian Tian. Juilliard- and Eastman-trained Tian Tian, a new member of the UCM music faculty, will present an evening of virtuoso piano playing, including the “Gershwin Preludes” and one of the most difficult compositions ever written for the piano, the “Brahms-Paganini Variations.”
  • March 12 - Duets I: An Evening with Mia Hynes and Friends. Three pianists and a violinist will take turns in a series of duets with Mia Hynes, UCM professor of piano. Program will include works such as the “Rachmaninoff Vocalise” and a barn-burning rendition of the “Carmen Fantasy.”
  • March 15 - NYC Preview Recital. UCM faculty and award-winning students will present a concert that will also be performed in Steinway Hall in New York City March 22.
  • April 13 - Duets II: Tian will bring guest violinist Amy Yi of the New World Symphony to the Hart stage.
  • April 15 - New Pieces Project Debut Recital. In fall 2011, the UCM student chapter of Music Teachers National Association hosted a competition for piano works suitable for piano students of intermediate-early advanced levels. More than 60 works from composers in the United States, Canada, Israel, Germany and the United Kingdom were submitted. This recital will premiere 10 of the best pieces from that competition.

These recitals are made possible by the generous support of the Warrensburg Friends of Music, the Warrensburg Area Music Teachers Association, the UCM Community Music Program, and the UCM Department of Music. For more information, visit .