Monmouth College has filled its October calendar with an art exhibit by Nina Rizzo, a Crimson Masque production of “The Bacchae” and two music events as part of Fine Arts Month on campus.
The annual observance helps celebrate the “Seriously Creative” students on campus, nine of which will be rewarded with an overnight trip to Chicago later this semester to hear the Chicago Symphony, see a Second City performance and visit the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The students include George Burnette, Chloe Rempe and Connor Shields (art); Erika Durdle, Clarissa Gardner and TJ Hill (music); and Nick Dadds, Mike Miller and Nick Sargis (theatre).
Shields and Burnette are part of a group of five art students who have entries in the College Invitational, which opens Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. The other three artists are Jessica Bingham, Kelsi Ryan and Katie Schermerhorn.
The music events will feature critically acclaimed pianist Mark Clinton, professor of piano and co-chair of the piano area at the University of Nebraska. On Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium, Clinton will present a piano masterclass with three MC piano students. They will play works by Chopin and Liszt, following which Clinton will discuss the works with the student pianists and the audience.
On Oct 20 at 7:30 p.m., Clinton will present a solo piano recital, also in Dahl Chapel. He will play works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schoenberg and Brahms.
“This is a unique opportunity to hear an exceptional artist, and for free,” said associate professor of music Ian Moschenross.
Since entering the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Conservatory at age 8 under the tutelage of Julian Martin, Clinton has worked extensively with some of the world’s foremost pianists. He has garnered prizes at prestigious international competitions and has been featured frequently on national radio and television broadcasts.
Critics have noted his “powerful performance combined with sublime lyricism,” the “drive and security of his pianism” and his “fusing clarity and lyricism into inspired music.” Clinton has appeared throughout the U.S. as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and the United States Air Force Symphony.
For a number of years, Clinton joined with pianist Nicole Narboni to form the highly successful Clinton/Narboni Duo. They received prizes at several major international competitions. Their debut compact disc recording, which features previously unpublished works for two pianos by the French composer Germaine Tailleferre, received critical acclaim in broadcast and print media throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Clinton’s current concert activities reflect his commitment to a wide range of performing experiences. Highlights of his recent calendar include enthusiastically received recitals at the American Cathedral in Paris, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, and the historic rotunda of Steinway Hall in New York City. Clinton has shared his musical insights with gifted students from around the world while serving on the faculties of Salisbury University, the Aspen Institute, Missouri Southern State University and the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague.