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Piano recitals set at MU

Feb. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Keyboard Area in the School of Music and Theatre at Marshall University will feature two guest artist piano solo recitals this week.

The first will be presented by Dr. Jacob Ertl, assistant professor of piano at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in Smith Recital Hall. A winner of numerous national and international competitions, he has debuted at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, on Chicago Radio's "Live from WFMT" series, Wisconsin Public Radio's "Live from the Elvehjem" series, and performed with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and Fox Valley Symphony. He holds degrees from Oberlin College and the Eastman School of Music.

The second recital, performed by Dr. Jeremy Samolesky, associate professor of piano at Auburn University, is part of Marshall University's Sonatina Festival and will take place Saturday, Feb. 9, in Smith Recital Hall, immediately following a brief preconcert talk by MU faculty member Dr. Henning Vauth about "The Influence of Practice on the Development of Motor Skills" in Smith Music Hall, Room 107 at 1 p.m.

Dr. Samolesky, a native of Manitoba, Canada, is known for his passion for both solo and collaborative performances, and has appeared in concert as a soloist and chamber pianist throughout the U.S., Canada, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, and Singapore.