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Master pianist Solon Pierce to present Oct. 27 recital

 MONMOUTH, Ill. – Master pianist Solon Pierce will be a guest artist at Monmouth College for a performance and a masterclass Oct. 27-28.

Pierce will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Kasch Performance Hall of Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.

Highlighting the program will be selections by Scott Joplin and George Gerschwin, as well as “Lullaby for Lorraine” by Gunnar Johansen. Pierce will open the recital with “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” by Johann Sebastian Bach and Ferruccio Busoni.

On Oct. 28, Pierce will work with some of the College’s piano students at 11 a.m. in Dahl Chapel. Both events are free and open to the public.

Pierce received his bachelor’s degree in music from Oberlin (Ohio) College and holds a master’s degree from The Juilliard School. He also studied at the University of Wisconsin and the Mannes College of Music in New York City before completing his doctoral work at the University of Minnesota.

Pierce has performed frequently in his native Wisconsin, including appearances with the Festival City Symphony of Milwaukee and the Madison Symphony. He’s also appeared on television and in broadcasts for Wisconsin Public Radio and radio stations in Chicago, Louisville and Copenhagen, Denmark.

He has performed extensively as a solo/collaborative artist, in such venues as Carnegie Hall and Scandinavia House in New York City and internationally in London, Paris, Vienna and Copenhagen.

An ardent advocate of neglected and new music, Pierce's performances have included world premieres of works by Kaikhosru Sorabji, Justin Rubin, Curt Wrangö and Nicholas Brown.