Coe piano recital to feature Philip P. Pfaltzgraff, music of H. Leslie Adams

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2012-09-04 15:57:21 - General

Philip P. Pfaltzgraff

Philip P. Pfaltzgraff, staff accompanist at Wayne State College, will present a recital of piano etudes by H. Leslie Adams on Friday, Sept. 14 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall on the Coe College campus. The general public is invited to attend the event at no charge.

Born in Cleveland in 1932, Adams graduated from Oberlin College Conservatory where he studied piano, composition and voice. In addition, he studied composition with Robert Starer, Vittorio Giannini and Leon Dalin, and completed his Ph.D. at Ohio State University where he studied with Marshall Barnes. Before dedicating himself full time to composing in 1979, Adams served as an accompanist for various ballet and dance companies, and as an educator, musical theater director and choral conductor. Today, he is one of the leading American composers in the world.

In addition to his collaborative piano responsibilities at Wayne State College, Pfaltzgraff has continued to pursue the field of musical composition and arranging. Several of his choral compositions including "Psalm 121," "Let the People Say" and "The Gospel Mass" were premiered while he was in graduate school at Central Michigan University, studying composition with David Gillingham and Jose Maurtua. In 2009, a large instrumental/choral work composed by Pfaltzgraff, "The Time Cycle," was premiered at Wayne State College in honor of the college’s centennial year. Last spring, four different Wayne State ensembles premiered some of his compositions for choirs and instruments.

Pfatlzgraff has also recorded a series of seasonal and thematic solo CDs on the piano and organ under the title of "Specializing in Improvisation." He received a bachelor's degree in music education from Westmar College and earned a master's degree in organ performance and music education from Central Michigan University.

In addition, Pfaltzgraff will also lead students in an improvisation workshop at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium.

Both events are sponsored by Friends of Music at Coe (FOMAC). For more information, contact the Coe Music Department at 319-399-8521.